Governor Doyle Announces Budget Plan
On Thursday, Governor Doyle announced his proposal to address the growing budget deficit, now standing at $6.6 billion. This proposal includes a $670 million reduction in state spending, including a $290 million reduction in K-12 school aids. Governor Doyle is also proposing to expand the hospital tax, use the monthly 75 cent phone surcharge for aid to local governments, and refinancing state debt. In addition, a scheduled 2% raise for state employees would be eliminated and state employees would be required to take eight days off without pay in each of the next two years.