Governor Signs Budget Leaving Major Provisions Intact

Jul 1, 2013

The state's new budget is drawing favorable reviews from Republicans and criticism from Democrats
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Gov. Scott Walker has signed a new two-year, $68 billion budget. It includes a $650 million income tax cut, expands private school vouchers, rejects a federal expansion of Medicaid and bans existing residency rules.

Charles Franklin, director of the MU Law School poll, says the spending plan is not as "revolutionary as Act 10 was two years ago, but it certainly moves the state in a conservative direction." Franklin says the budget applies a state surplus to ongoing income tax relief, but borrows large sums of money  to pay for ongoing transportation needs.