[Madison, WI]—On Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker delivered his budget address to the State of Wisconsin. The governor’s “reform dividend” allows Wisconsin to make historic investments in K-12 education and cut tuition while continuing to reduce taxes and provide relief for hardworking Wisconsin families. Governor Walker is working and winning for Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget would funnel money into education, transportation, tax relief and workforce development, funding areas his previous budgets aimed to cut.
“The common-sense reforms that helped build this healthy economy and strong management of our state resources created our positive budget outlook,” Walker said Wednesday, delivering his budget address to the Legislature. “This is a solid budget built on a strong foundation.”
The $76.1 billion budget includes $592 million in tax and fee cuts, including a proposed tuition cut for University of Wisconsin System students.
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The budget would spend $649 million more on K-12 schools, but districts would have to show they are in compliance with a law requiring teachers to contribute a certain amount for health care and pension costs in order to get more money. He’s calling for extending a University of Wisconsin tuition freeze for a fifth year, then cutting tuition by 5 percent for all resident undergraduate students.
“We’re putting more money into public education than ever before, making college even more affordable, caring for the truly needy, building a stronger infrastructure, rewarding work, and cutting taxes to the lowest point in decades,” Walker said.
Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday called for nearly $600 million in reduced taxes and fees along with significant new spending in areas where he made sizable cuts in the past as part of his $76.1 billion two-year budget proposal.
Walker said “common sense reforms” and “wise fiscal management” in previous budgets have led to a strong economy and a positive outlook going into the next budget.
“We call this the reform dividend,” Walker said during an address Wednesday to a joint session of the Legislature. “And wow, as the Fiscal Bureau pointed out, that’s a whole lot of money.”