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Gov. Scott Walker delivers biennial budget speech tonight


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will submit his budget proposals for the next two years Wednesday.

He’ll talk about the highlights in a speech to the Legislature at 7 p.m.

The Republican Walker has already unveiled many of his major initiatives. And some will be very controversial as the Legislature considers amendments to the governor’s package through the end of June.

Democrats want some of a proposed 2 percent income tax cut to go to education instead. Health care advocacy groups got nervous after Walker rejected an increase in federal Medicaid funds. He decided instead to place recipients above the poverty level into the new federal insurance purchasing exchanges, where coverage can be had for as low as $19 a month.

Walker also made waves by proposing an expansion of private school vouchers for low-income students in nine more Wisconsin school districts including Madison and Green Bay – and to put more special needs’ children in private schools.

Some of Walker’s own senators rejected the school choice package, saying people in the affected communities should agree to it first.

The governor also proposed an extra half-billion dollars for transportation – with a faster payback for borrowing by selling off state-owned power and heating plants.

Walker also wants an extra $100 million for various efforts to boost the state’s workforce. He also proposed more funding for cancer treatment.

On Tuesday, Walker proposed $43 million for veterans’ services that include an expanded property tax credit, and an extra $5 million for the Veterans’ Trust Fund.