Gov. Walker Visits Hayward to Tout State Budget

By KBJR News 1

July 3, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM CDT

Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker visited Hayward today as part of his "Working for Wisconsin Tour" to celebrate the state budget he signed on Sunday

"We think that's gonna have an incredibly positive stimulus impact because with more money back in people's hands, they can spend at attractions here in Hayward and across the state," said Gov. Walker.

The value of tax relief is Governor Scott Walker's message to taxpayers across the state.

The newly signed state budget provides one billion dollars in tax relief for Wisconsin families and businesses.

"It helps improve the life for our citizens through a reduced tax burden and in turn it helps small businesses in the state," said Gov. Walker

Governor Walker stopped in Hayward to discuss the 70 billion dollar biennium budget. Hayward mayor, Bill Swintkowski supports the budget and what he feels it will do for the city that relies on small business and tourism.

"What impacts us the most is the more tourists there are, the more money hopefully flows into the town and more businesses that can thrive. Which means more tax dollars in the end," said Swintkowski.

The budget provides $650 million dollars in income tax relief to individuals...making it the largest tax reduction in the last 14 years.

"It just seems like everything is starting to gear a little more towards the smaller person rather than big corporations," said Swintkowski

The state budget also puts millions of dollars back into public education including an additional $300 per student.

"We put more money into our public schools. We provide more choices in education for families all across the state," said Gov. Walker.

For just the second time in history, the state agreed to freeze tuition at Wisconsin universities for the next two years.

"For students and for families helping to pay part of that tuition, having that tuition frozen for the next two years is just as important as the tax relief," said Gov. Walker.

$100 million will also be invested in workforce development to bring more jobs to the state.

"This is something that will have a positive outcome on our state's economy and get people back to work again," said Walker.

Following a 3 point 6 billion dollar deficit in Wisconsin's last budget, the state is expecting to see a half a billion dollar surplus this time around.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati