Governor Walker Unveils Budget Plan

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2011 Updated Mar 1, 2011 at 10:23 PM CDT

In a budget he calls the first step to reform; embattled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker outlined his plan that makes sweeping cuts to virtually all segments of government.

Local Governments will be the hardest hit by the proposed budget, with state aid being slashed by more than a billion dollars.

Education will also feel the pinch with more than 700-million dollars cut in an effort to close the states 3 point 6 billion dollar budget deficit.
Education leaders in Superior say it's unfair to balance the budget on the backs of hard working educators.

Dana Parask with the Superior Federation of Teachers said "So the reality is we’ve been doing a quality job and you can’t do that for free and you certainly can’t do it with the type of drastic cuts that he’s talking about for public education."

Governor Walkers bill does go a long way to close the budget deficit, in the next biennium, if the budget is accepted, would reduce the state's debt by more than ninety percent.

Governor Walker says the budget is a return to what makes Wisconsin great.

"The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, this is the heart of our budget, we are retuning to frugality making long term decisions to balance our budget now and more importantly into our future."

it wasn't all cuts in the budget.

Governor Walker said he will invest 5 point 7 million dollars in transportation as well as continue to invest in student financial aid.

But what about the Governors controversial budget repair bill?

That bill is part of the larger budget, the Governor says that the majority of the cuts to education and local government aid would be made up if the budget repair bill is passed.