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