Gov. Scott Walker signed a two-year $66 billion budget Sunday that will cut nearly $800 million from public schools, expand taxpayer support for private voucher schools, cut taxes for investors and businesses, clamp down on property taxes and put the state’s finances in better shape than they’ve been in for more than a decade.
Using the vast veto powers of Wisconsin governors, Walker struck out dozens of budget provisions, including one that would have allowed bail bondsmen in Wisconsin. He also used his veto pen to bar public employees from collecting pensions unless they work for a state or local government for five years or more, set up new possible limits on a family-planning program and allow state officials to do more no-bid contracts.
As previously announced, the GOP governor also vetoed a provision that would have allowed most fired Milwaukee police officers to continue to receive pay while they appealed their dismissals.
Don’t think the left is giving up on its quest to, essentially, bankrupt the state.
A few hundred protesters gathered outside Fox Valley Metal-Tech, chanting “Shame!” as Walker’s guests drove into the parking lot. They held signs decrying budget cuts and chanted, “Recall Walker!”