Walker to Release State Budget Amid Presidential Talk

 

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MADISON-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is releasing his two-year state budget amid growing interest in his likely presidential run.
 
Walker was scheduled to deliver his budget to the Republican-controlled state Legislature in a prime-time speech Tuesday.
 
Walker's budget is not expected to include any tax increases, even as the state faces a projected budget shortfall as large as $2 billion. The shortfall comes after Walker and Republicans in his first term cut taxes by nearly $2 billion, a move Democrats have criticized for fueling the current budget woes.
 
Walker promised more tax cuts in his re-election campaign last year. Since then he's proposed cutting University of Wisconsin System funding by $300 million, requiring drug tests for a variety of public benefits and borrowing more than $1 billion for roads.