Governor delays budget address until March 1

2011-02-18T19:15:00Z 2011-03-01T14:03:27Z Governor delays budget address until March 1Wisconsin State Journal La Crosse Tribune
February 18, 2011 7:15 pm  • 

MADISON - With the state Senate at an impasse over his temporary budget fix, and after five days of protesters clogging the state Capitol, Gov. Scott Walker has pushed back his planned introduction of a new two-year budget from Tuesday to March 1.

The governor's budget address also will no longer be delivered at Vita Plus, the Madison livestock feed manufacturer, where Walker had hoped to introduce his two-year spending plan to highlight his goal of stimulating private-sector job growth.

Instead, it will be delivered in typical fashion, before a joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chambers.

Vita Plus CEO Robert Tramburg was disappointed he wouldn't get to use the event to show off his company, even though it has come under criticism online and in phone calls and e-mails for hosting the governor. Tramburg said the agreement was not an endorsement of the governor.

"When something is of historic nature and you have an opportunity to showcase your company and agriculture, that's why we agreed to do it," he said.

The address was originally scheduled to be at the Vita Plus distribution center at 3019 Progress Road, and was to involve a rare joint meeting of the Legislature outside the Capitol.

The governor's office announced the move Monday, the start of what was to become a series of mounting protests against his collective bargaining changes for public employees.


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