CHICAGO - Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has ordered a new round of cutting and a hiring slowdown to begin chipping away at a record $5.4 billion deficit that's now expected through the next two-year budget cycle. But the more painful decisions will await the new Legislature when it convenes early next year.
The announcement late last week followed a review of expected revenues and departmental budget requests. It raises the specter of steep cuts - even in education, which has escaped trimming in the past - and tax increases in the next two-year budget that Doyle is expected to release in February.