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Walker willing to put $100 million towards state's structural deficit

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he is willing to pay off $100 million of the state's $807 million structural deficit if it will help get the Senate to pass his $504 million dollar tax cut.

"I've talked to almost all the Republican Senate caucus and that's an idea that we kicked around with a couple Senators," said Gov. Walker.  "For me, there's a number of different ways, as I've said the last couple of days that I'm willing to tweak this."

The Governor indicated Sen. Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) was one of a handful of Senate Republicans who wanted to see some commitment to reduce the deficit before voting in favor of a $406 million property tax cut and a $98 million income tax reduction. 

Gov. Walker had originally marked that $100 million to go into the state's rainy day fund.  While the Governor is willing to agree to move that money towards the deficit, he has yet to express any willingness to reduce the amount of the actual tax cut.

Sen. Dale Schultz told 27 News on Thursday that he wants to see the majority of a $977 million projected surplus used to eliminate the structural deficit and pay off a $93 million Medicaid shortfall.  Schultz said that would leave essentially no money left over for a tax cut.

With Schultz unwilling to move on that position, that means all of the other 17 Senate Republicans will have to approve of Walker's tax cut for it to pass. 

Meanwhile, an Assembly committee approved of the Governor's original tax cut plan along party lines Thursday, sending it to a vote in the full Assembly next week.

That vote will likely be for naught however, as the final version of the tax cut bill would have to get approval from the Joint Finance Committee, and then be passed by the full Assembly and Senate.

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