Walker Releases Excerpts from Budget Address

Feb 3, 2015

When Gov. Walker unveils his proposed 2015-2017 budget for Wisconsin Tuesday evening, he says it will contain plans to lower property taxes each year.

Walker will say, in his address, that fears about damaging the UW System by changes he's proposing - a 13% cut in funding, a two-year tuition freeze and autonomy from some state rules, will prove unfounded.

"These are some of the same claims we heard four years ago when our Act 10 reforms were enacted. Today, our graduation rates are higher, third grade reading scores are better, and Wisconsin ACT scores are second best in the country," Walker's text reads.

Walker says his budget will put forth "common sense" reforms to create a government that is limited in scope, yet more efficient and effective.

He says his budget will ensure that people in Wisconsin are safe and sound in their homes and communities.

The governor says changes he will propose for people seeking public assistance - that they enroll in an employment and training program will make them more employable and make it easier for them to get a job.

Walker delivers his two-year state budget to legislators, as he travels the country testing support for a potential GOP presidential bid.