UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Governor Scott Walker will fly around Wisconsin today to promote the tax cuts he proposed in his State-of-the-State address last night. The Republican Walker will speak to members of the state's Grocers Association who are coming to Madison to give their wish-lists to lawmakers. He'll also speak to employees and their bosses at factories in La Crosse and De Pere. Tonight Walker will travel north to Hurley to speak at an awards banquet for that city's Chamber-of-Commerce.
The governor will highlight what he calls his "Blueprint for Prosperity" -- a half-billion dollars in new tax cuts, courtesy of a projected surplus of almost a billion-dollars in the current state budget. Meanwhile, officials in Milwaukee say part of the surplus should be given directly to them to help what they call "the economic hub of Wisconsin."
Mayor Tom Barrett and Common Council President Willie Hines said Milwaukee should get $25-million dollars that banks originally paid the state to settle a lawsuit over their foreclosure practices. They also said the state should make up for its recent funding cuts in shared revenues, recycling grants, and transportation aid.