WATCH: Gov. Walker’s budget proposal coming into focus, budget plan unveiled Tuesday

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Governor Scott Walker

MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s state budget proposal is coming into clearer focus, with the second term Republican revealing major portions including $300 million in cuts to the University of Wisconsin System and no new taxes to pay for transportation projects. But much also remains unknown before Walker is to release his two-year spending plan to the Legislature.

NOTE: You can watch the budget address LIVE in the video player below on Tuesday evening.

Walker faces a roughly $2 billion shortfall by mid-2017, based on spending requests submitted by state agencies.

He has released portions of his budget in recent days, but he hasn’t said whether public schools will see an increase in aid, whether he will expand the private school voucher program and pay for it, or whether he will cut property taxes as promised.

4-Democrat_400x225Meanwhile, Democrats are speaking out against various parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget the day before the Republican releases his entire plan to the Legislature.

Democrats on Monday say what is known so far about Walker’s plan would not create opportunities for people to succeed in Wisconsin. They say Walker is crafting his budget to appeal nationally as he looks ahead to a possible presidential run.

Democrats are taking particular aim at Walker’s call to cut the University of Wisconsin System funding by 13 percent, or $300 million, borrowing more than $1 billion for roads projects and requiring drug tests for public aid recipients.

Democrats are calling for raising the minimum wage, accepting federal Medicaid money and restoring cuts Walker and Republicans made to public schools.

Walker will deliver the budget Tuesday night.

4 comments

  • Al P

    Why shouldn’t there be drug tests for public aid recipients?? Anyone applying for a job and trying to make a living on his or her own has to take a drug test but the folks looking for a handout don’t feel it’s necessary?? Give me a break, if you are using drugs you can support yourselves rather than having the taxpayer support you. If you aren’t using drugs what problem do you have with taking a drug test before receiving a taxpayer paid for handout???

  • Michael Bird

    I don’t think people on public assistance should be able to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes either. If you’re down on your luck you should have your license or I.D. Flagged and not be able to make such purchases. I don’t want my tax dollars spent on those things, maybe they should be tattooed or branded so society can shame them into getting a job. On a side note in every state where drug testing of public assistance recipients has been implemented it has cost more tax dollars for the tests than what was saved giving them benefits.

  • What!

    Essentially they’re working for the government so there should at the very least be an initial drug test and be grandfathered in.

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