MINDORO — Gov. Scott Walker is promising a “fair number” of line-item vetoes to his controversial two-year budget.
Walker wouldn’t elaborate on what he’ll ax before he signs his budget bill into law by June 30 but said he will spend the next week combing through the $66 billion spending plan passed Thursday by the Legislature.
“We’re … making sure there’s nothing in there that surprises us,” he said. “There’s a lot of things we need to look at the details on.”
Walker stopped Saturday at the Lash Land Dairy Farm in Mindoro to help volunteers serve the county’s annual dairy breakfast. Some noticed the governor dishing out cheese curds. Most didn’t.
“I told him that he was doing a great job, but not necessarily on the cheese curds,” sausage server Rita Cox said. “I think he knew what I was saying.”
Walker defended his hotly contested budget as legislation that protects middle class jobs and property taxpayers. Thousands protested the budget that guts funding for education, Medicaid and local governments and offers tax breaks to businesses and investors.
“I’m a teacher. To be honest, I feel you have no respect for schools,” one woman who declined to give her name told Walker.
“You might have heard that from your union, but you didn’t hear that from me,” the governor said.
Walker said his budget equips local governments with the tools needed to balance budgets without sharp property tax increases. It also includes technology and property tax relief for farmers.
“It will be a huge boost to start putting new technologies and advancements in,” he said.
Sensing “people are ready to move forward,” Walker said he’ll return his focus to job creation when the fiscal year begins July 1.
“People across the state, Republican and Democrat alike, have had it with all the protests,” he said. “Whether they’re for or against it, they’re ready to move forward. They want to get the state working again.”