Mixed reaction to proposed state budget from local legislators
Local reaction to the governor's state budget address is mixed.
Assemblyman Steve Nass of Whitewater is skeptical. The Republican calls the speech a con game. Nass argues the budget doesn't do much to cut state spending, but uses federal stimulus money, along with increases in taxes and fees to meet the $5.7 billion deficit. State Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan of Janesville says the governor's plan addresses the state budget shortfall by prioritizing essential services, while making deep spending cuts.
Sheridan says Assembly Democrats will review the document over the coming weeks, and make tough choices to create jobs, boost business, and expand opportunity for everyone in Wisconsin.