Local Legislators Share Mixed Reaction to Governor's Budget Address

By: Ryan Burk, WSAW TV


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Wisconsin state legislators are expressing mixed reactions to Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Address, which highlighted his fiscal plans for the state through 2017.
The speech touted many of the state’s successes and challenges for the upcoming budget year. Despite several controversial proposals, many Republicans say the speech showed that the state is headed in the right direction.
“I was quite pleased with it.” says 87th Assembly District Rep. Jim Edming. “ I was very glad to hear there was going to be some money put in there for our schooling. Just super proud of that and the aid for the hospitals, for Medicaid.”
Meanwhile, Democrats like Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point say Walker’s speech glazed over many important points, particularly in regard to the proposed cuts to the UW System. She also says the budget does not favor the middle class.
“The one thing I’m really concerned about is the governor talked about the American dream, but he didn’t give us a pathway. Where is the ladder of opportuniy for middle class familes and for people who want to get ahead? 
While Tuesday’s addressed was designed to be an overview of the more than 1600 page budget, many legislators say they want more details about Governor Walker’s proposals before they decide if they will support them.