CHICAGO — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker toured the state Wednesday to promote his $59 billion budget proposal that would eliminate a $3.6 billion deficit with steep spending cuts that Democrats, school districts, and some local governments warned would strain budgets and hurt students, services and jobs.

Overall, all-funds spending in the next biennium that begins July 1 will drop by $4.2 billion, or 6.7%. The operating budget totals $29.3 billion for fiscal 2012 and $30 billion for fiscal 2013.

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