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Statement in response to budget address
(Madison, WI) – Governor Scott Walker delivered his $68 billion budget proposal to a joint session of the Wisconsin Legislature today.  State Rep. Michael Schraa (R – Town of Algoma) released the following statement in response:
“First and foremost, I’m thrilled that Gov. Walker included in his budget an aggressive income tax cut for nearly every taxpayer in Wisconsin.  Letting Wisconsinites keep more of their hard-earned money will generate a huge boost to the economy as that money is spent in communities throughout the state.  This is especially important after Wisconsin taxpayers lost $2.2 billion to the federal payroll tax hike earlier this year.
“I also applaud Gov. Walker for making this tax cut permanent.  I’ve watched in disgust as politicians in Washington, D.C., have argued endlessly over extending tax cuts, and that’s something I want to avoid in Wisconsin.  The tax money is the property of the taxpayers first, and they deserve to keep as much of it as possible.
“I’m incredibly happy to see entitlement reforms in the budget as well, which is one of the largest expenditures of the state.  With reforms, the budget still calls for over $700 million in new funds for health services for the poor.
“The budget isn’t perfect, however.  I’m concerned that Gov. Walker has proposed increasing spending by over $1.8 billion, after the previous budgets ballooned by over $17 billion over 12 years.  I believe Wisconsin needs to flatten government spending and I look forward to working with my colleagues to find cuts to reach that goal.
“Overall, I’m pleased with Gov. Walker’s proposal, and I look forward to digging into all aspects of it over the course of the next couple months.”
The biennial budget now goes before the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, which will hold public hearings throughout the state and have the opportunity to amend the proposal.  The budget must be passed and signed into law by the end of the current fiscal year, June 30.
Rep. Schraa serves the 53rd Assembly District, which is comprised of 17 villages and towns and three cities.  The northern area covers the Town of Oshkosh and several wards in the City of Oshkosh, west from the Town of Algoma to Omro and south covering the City of Waupun and the Village of North Fond du Lac.