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Wright, Dems have budget veto wish list for Governor Walker


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Governor Scott Walker has received nearly two-hundred requests to veto or protect parts of the state budget sent from the Legislature a week ago.

Some of the requests include saving the designation of the kringle as Wisconsin’s state pastry and deleting a prohibition on junk food bans.

Democrats including State Representative Mandy Wright from Wausau have a wish list of vetoes.  Wright knows she is not likely to have expansion of school vouchers or the denial of federal Medicaid expansion dollars lined out of the budget, but Wright is hoping a couple of policy issues get removed, including one involving the university. “There’s the Center for Investigative Journalism, which is apparently going to be banned from working with university faculty staff on journalistic issues, so I think that’s disturbing.”

Wright would like to see the bail bondsman authorization struck from the budget, and the changes pertaining to high-capacity wells. “I also would like to see the high-capacity well issue redressed. that’s been very important, and I’ve heard a lot of people in the district who strongly disagree and are concerned about contamination and depletion of our groundwater.”

The high-capacity wells are not being banned, but Wright is concerned about changes in the permitting process. “It does significantly roll back a lot of the protections that we had had previously, and I have not yet heard good reasons why we would want to roll back those protections.”

Governor Walker plans to sign the budget Sunday. He is not likely to say what is on the veto list until that time.