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Walker to wait before announcing possible budget vetoes

Governor Scott Walker
Governor Scott Walker

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (WXPR) - With both the Assembly and Senate passing a $68 billion dollar budget for the next two years, Governor Scott Walker says he will take some time before deciding whether he will use his veto pen. The Senate early Friday passed a nearly identical bill passed by the Assembly earlier in the week. In Tomahawk Friday afternoon to sign bills relating to ATV's... Walker said there are many things in the budget he likes. “This budget includes nearly a billion dollars in tax relief for the hard working taxpayers of this state. Every taxpayer in this state will see a drop in their tax rates, they’ll see taxes go down, this is on top of the last two years in a row seeing property taxes go down in this state. We see more money for public schools. We see more choices in education. We see a freeze for University of Wisconsin tuition for the next two years.” Walker says Democratic objections to the education measures pushed by Republicans were not valid to him. “I spend the last month or so, spending a lot of time personally working with members of the State Senate and State Assembly to work out a reasonable compromise on education that allowed us to put large amounts of new money into public education, at the same time, it expanded the opportunities we have for families, particularly low income families.” Walker says he will announce possible vetoes by the end of the month. “We’re going to look at every single thing there. I’ve said, until I announce at the end of the week, vetoes and non-vetoes, there may be things like that where we not only announce vetoes but we may announce things that we think are important to highlight that we’re not vetoing that we’ll keep intact, but that will come out late next week.” Walker says his kids go to public schools and he says he favors public schools. Democrats...including Mandy Wright from Wausau...said the system passed in the budget will eventually bankrupt public education because there won't be enough money to support it.