CHICAGO — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will spend the next week or so reviewing the $66 billion, two-year budget approved by lawmakers before signing the spending plan, which closely resembles his original proposal by dealing with a $3 billion deficit primarily with cuts.
The budget, approved along party lines with Republican backing late last week, represents a 1.8% increase over current spending levels. It does not include any general tax increases and cuts deeply into education, local government, and health care spending. It also strictly limits local property-tax hikes to keep local governments from passing along the state cuts.