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GOP senators could block Walker tax cut proposal


MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) believes tax cuts will lead to more prosperity, but he will have to get those approved the legislature first and that may be easier said than done.

Gov. Walker didn't seem too worried on Thursday when reporters asked about some Republican senators expressing concerns over the size of his $827 million dollar proposed tax cut.

"One or two people have raised that concern.  I don't know that its a deal breaker," said Gov. Walker.

But Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) tells 27 News there could be a lot of resistance.

"I don't want to speak for my colleagues, other than to say, that there is a considerable number of Senators who are very concerned about this being a projection and who are very concerned about paying our bills and paying down our structural deficit," said Sen. Schultz.

The 17th District incumbent said the tax cut isn't a priority for his constituents.

"What people told me, to a person, was, 'Dale, go to Madison and pay the bills first.  Get rid of that structural deficit and if there are any bills laying around for Medicaid or anything like that, pay those first,'" said Sen. Schultz, who is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Sen. Schultz also talks about his decision on whether to run for reelection this fall.  Facing a challenge by Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), Schultz isn't ruling out running as an independent.

"I'm a Republican, yet at the same time, I'm also a pragmatist as many people know," said Sen. Schultz.  "And when you're talking about electability, there's no doubt that a run as an independent would be easier than running in a primary."

Schultz said he would announce a decision on whether or not to run by February 1st.

In the second half of the show, representatives from Security Health Plan of Marshfield join Greg Neumann.  The insurance company is launching an ad campaign on Monday, designed to get younger voters to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW.

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