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Walker claims new state budget 'good for the taxpayers'

Walker claims new state budget 'good for the taxpayers'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Jun 27, 2011

Click on the video link to see a full interview with TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak," find a link to listen to his interview on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News," and check back for more of Walker's comments about the state budget and other issues "in his own words."

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin had a new state budget Monday morning after Governor Scott Walker signed it into law. 

"This is good for the taxpayers," said Governor Scott Walker.  He held his first interviews since signing the new budget on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak" and Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."

He explained that the $66 billion budget meets the goals he set when he took the job in January.

"School districts, local governments, state government will now have the tools to balance their budget without making massive cuts," claimed Walker on "Wisconsin's Morning News."

He also said he was frustrated that he found out that the place he was going to hold the budget signing - Badger Sheet Metal in Green Bay - has a felon as an executive.

"We had asked for disclosure.  It had not all been provided.  Because it was a federal issue, the state resources we had available, it doesn't show up on any of that."

Walker's administration moved the signing to Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Ashwaubenon.

School systems are adjusting to the governor's new budget and collective bargaining law, but the Governor claims the effects of that legislation won't hurt schools as much as in other states. 

Walker said on Wisconsin's Morning News that even with big budget cutbacks, it's still a good time to be a teacher in Wisconsin compared to much of the rest of the country.

"There's more than 40 states and the District of Columbia that have deficits.  The difference in those states are, they're just making cuts.  People are losing their jobs."

But according to Walker, "(school districts in Wisconsin) are protecting those jobs.  They're not forced to have those layoffs.  Long term, that means our teachers and our public servants are going to be better because of it."