His remarks were light on specifics and contained few surprises. As expected, Walker called for deep cuts in education and local government funding, plus a $500 million cut in Medicaid spending. He also proposed a cap on property tax rates and the elimination of capital gains tax on investments in Wisconsin-based businesses.
As for the ongoing protests in and around the statehouse, Walker sounded unconcerned. "I'm an optimist," he said. "I believe that after our budget repair bill passes, tempers will cool, and we will find a way to continue to work together to help grow our economy."
Read the full text of Gov. Walker's budget speech here.
Although the governor got five standing ovations from supporters and Republican lawmakers during his speech, on Twitter, tempers are still a long way from cool.
The governor's opening remarks about working for the people despite political differences met with some scorn.
"We can and must keep our promise to the ppl of WI that they will always come first." Hypocrisy, thy name is Scott Walker. #wiunion
Many are concerned about the impacts of Walker's proposed two-year budget and the stalled budget repair bill.
I don't want to say I hate Scott Walker because I don't know him personally. But I hate what his budget is going to do to everyone I know.
Some seized on Walker's use of current political buzzwords to tout his proposal.
Others noticed that he was reading from a teleprompter.
Scott Walker's Teleprompter is most likely operated by a Union technician.
One Twitter user had an idea for a new kind of "relief."
Scott Walker promises property tax relief. Scotty, I say relieve us of you and your ilk.
Another felt compelled to issue a rare political tweet.
Breaking my political silence & Calling Shenanigans on Scott Walker's Budget & his ridiculous Budget Repair Bill
And this was the final straw.
WTF!? Gov Walker didn't even acknowledge that it was Justin Bieber's 17th birthday today. What has the world come to. :) lol
What did you think of Gov. Walker's speech and his ideas for the Wisconsin budget? Pro or con, let us know in the comments.
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