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Lawmakers expect changes before approving Gov. Walker's budget proposal

GREENVILLE (WLUK) - After hearing how Gov. Scott Walker wants to spend taxpayer dollars, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle talked about what they'd like to see in the $76 billion dollar budget proposal.

Republicans point to what they describe as good ideas when it comes to putting more money into public schools.

But Democrats say the governor is making promises he can't keep.

On Thursday, Walker visited Fox Valley Tech's Public Safety Training Center. It was one of a few stops throughout the state.

During his visit, Walker talked about his budget proposal and education.

"I think people love the fact that we're putting more money into public education than ever before," said Walker, R-Wisconsin.

The Governor has proposed to extend a tuition freeze for the UW-System and cutting tuition by 5 percent for all resident undergraduate students.

But that's not going over well with Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke.

"Things I was a little disappointed in was his emphasis on a tuition cut instead of continuing the freeze that we have done over the course of the last few years, $35 million taken out of the general fund to go toward the this tuition cut when we have other priorities such as transportation is something that's a little difficult to swallow," he said.

Steineke says he's happy with Walker's proposal to spend $649 million more on K-12 schools.

State Rep. Amanda Stuck, a democrat, has another view.

"It's great that he's offering more money to school's right now in this budget. Unfortunately, I don't think he'll be able to keep that promise because he's basing this budget on a lot of money that we don't have right now," she said.

So, what's the next step? Over the next few months, both sides will review and discuss the budget before a final vote.

"Right now democrats will be focusing on trying to get some of those things that we didn't see that we want changed so transportation issues in there so transportation, looking at funding schools in a way that guarantees money will be there and we won't have to come back in a few months with a budget repair bill," Stuck said.

"We'll make changes based on the input we get from the public," Steineke said.

As for the Walker, he says he's not worried about what legislators think.

"I think what's more important is what people think about it not necessarily what republicans or democrats or the legislature thinks about it," Walker said.

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