Walker's Budget Hopes for Prosperity and Independence

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 11:10 PM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Wisconsin Gov.Scott Walker delivered his budget address tonight promising prosperity, better performance and independence.

Governor Walker says his budget plan is designed to reform a broken system and one way to do that; he says, is to wean people off of government funding.

Among his proposed reforms calls for changes in Wisconsin's food stamp program.

Governor Walker wants to require non–elderly, able bodied adults to enroll in employment training to receive food stamps.

He says this will help more than 75,000 people get the job skills they need.

Another key part in prosperity for the future is education.

Walker's budget plan rewards high performing schools and gives financial assistance to turn schools around that fail to meet expectations.

He says implementing these changes will help people achieve independance.

"I care for the people of this state too much to force them to live a life of dependence on the government. I want those who are able to be prepared so they are ready to fill a job when one is found," said Gov. Walker.

In response to the Governor's address, Sen. Bob Jauch of Poplar was critical of the proposal which he says favors private education over public schools.

"Superior is the 395 lowest spending school district in the state and they have been forced to make budget cuts the last ten years in a row, they have been forced to cut programs and not be able to re hire teachers as a result of walkers proposals and now he's scolding them," said Sen. Jauch.

Governor Walker also announced a number of veterans–related budget initiatives on Tuesday totaling $43.3.

This part of the budget plan would make permanent tax credits for hiring disabled veterans, expand the GI Bill, and expand staffing at King Veterans' home, Wisconsin's largest veteran's nursing home.

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