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Walker says there will be more money for schools, WEDC board to meet to discuss audit

May 6, 2013
 
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Gov. Scott Walker says there will be additional money available for public schools and cutting taxes in his budget, but he doesn't know exactly how much yet. / Gannett Wisconsin Media, file

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker says there will be additional money available for public schools and cutting taxes in his budget, but he doesn’t know exactly how much yet.

Walker reiterated Monday that he wants to tap some of the money held in reserve by the University of Wisconsin System to benefit public K-12 schools and cut taxes. Walker also supports a UW tuition freeze.

Walker says details of how much money would be available remain in flux.

New estimates of how much money the state will be collecting in taxes are due to be released this week. If projections improve as expected, more money will be available for other spending.

Walker says he is still talking with UW officials and he doesn’t know when his new budget proposal will be released.

Walker says WEDC board to meet to discuss audit

Gov. Scott Walker says he hopes the board of his lead job-creation agency can meet as soon as Wednesday to discuss a scathing audit released last week that detailed numerous law violations and other problems.

Walker said Monday he wanted the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board that he chairs to meet and go over every point in the audit. The report last week by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau said WEDC broke state law, failed to adequately track money it awarded for economic development projects and sometimes gave money to ineligible recipients.

The Legislature’s Audit Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the report, the same day that the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to consider Walker’s funding request for the agency.

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