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Gov. Walker wants to take time looking at budget


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state budget is now on its way to Governor Scott Walker's desk and Walker says he will sign it before July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

The state senate passed the $70 billion budget early Friday morning in a 17-16 vote, after the Assembly passed it Wednesday. Senators debated well into Thursday evening before delaying the vote until 12:01 a.m. Friday.

The budget includes an income tax cut and rejects a federal expansion of medicaid.

Governor Walker did not give specifics about what he might veto, but he gave some indication he would take a look at a last minute provision that could allow existing voucher schools to open satellite schools anywhere in the state and not be subject to the 500-student cap set on the voucher program next year.

Walker points out there were many talks with legislative leaders to work out a compromise on voucher schools that was included in the budget proposal,

"So if there are significant differences in that, and this may be one of those depending on how we look at the technical language, we might very well use the line-item veto to narrow that a little bit," Walker said Friday morning.

Walker also said he would consider saving the agreement between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Investigative Journalism, which is housed on the university's campus.


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