Governor anticipates quick budget approval
Inside the State Capitol in Madison. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MILWAUKEE - Governor Scott Walker tells WTMJ that he anticipates a fast approval process for the next two year state budget.
Lawmakers in both chambers will take up the spend plan this week. If they pass the plan with only minor changes, as expected, Walker says he thinks he could sign off on the final budget before the new fiscal year begins July 1st.
"We'll have it done by the end of the month, assuming they give us about a week's notice," Walker tells WTMJ. He adds, "I hope to have it signed as close to right before July 1st, beginning of the next fiscal year. As I understand it there'll probably be some technical changes but it'll be pretty close to what the Joint Finance Committee passed."
Walker says he considers the budget that will be debated a win.
He went on to tout portions of the measure, "Almost one billion dollars worth of tax relief, uh, for tax payers all across the state as well as small businesses, uh, expanded school choice, more money for our public schools, more money for public health and public safety."
The governor admits the budget includes a structural deficit, but he says the tax cuts he's planning will more than make up for the deficit by spurring added economic growth in Wisconsin.