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Gov. Walker breaks tradition again, will sign state budget at private business

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI (WTAQ) - Once again, Governor Scott Walker has chosen to sign Wisconsin’s most important bill at a private industry instead of at the State Capitol.

Walker’s office said Wednesday that the Republican governor will sign the two-year, 70-billion-dollar state budget on Sunday at Catalyst Exhibits in the Kenosha County community of Pleasant Prairie.

Two years ago, Walker broke from tradition by signing the budget at a Green Bay industry.

So far, the governor has refused to say which items he plans to veto – but his largest budget proposals are expected to remain, including a 650-million-dollar income tax cut and the expansion of private school vouchers.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said some of the governor’s vetoes might be made public before Sunday.

As always, special interest groups and the minority party have lined up to urge Walker to veto the budget items they don’t like.

This time, one of Walker’s top fellow Republicans – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen – joined the chorus of critics.

Van Hollen wants Walker to veto the return of bail bondsmen, and limits on the collecting of DNA from felony suspects who are arrested but not convicted.

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