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Gov. Scott Walker presented his 2017-19 biennial budget to the legislature on Feb. 8. This special Budget Edition of Tidbits covers highlights from Walker's budget address and legislators' responses. For more on the budget, visit Hamilton Consulting Group's 2017-19 Budget Issue Update page.
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Governor Walkerpresented his 2017-19 budget. Overall, the governor's $76.1 billion budget invests in education and provides tax relief. The governor increased K-12 funding by $649 million and put $140 million in the University system, including $35 million to offset a five percent tuition cut. Balancing his other major priority, the governor's budget provides $592 million in tax relief by eliminating the state's portion of the property tax and reducing income taxes.
Gov. Walker's 2017-19 State Budget Address: Legislators Respond
On Feb. 8, Gov. Scott Walker gave his biennial State Budget Address to the legislature. The governor's budget focused on three themes: Student Success, Accountable Government and Rewarding Work. Republicans were generally pleased with Walker's proposal, but both parties agreed that the budget did not go far enough to address Wisconsin's transportation budget shortfall.
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