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Walker won't say if he'd use line-item veto on budget

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker says it’s too early to indicate what he might veto from the proposed state budget. During a visit to La Crosse yesterday, the Republican governor praised the Joint Finance Committee for molding a two-year package which he says will bring positive recoveries to the economy and education. The panel approved its version of the budget early yesterday.

Walker appeared at U-W La Crosse a few hours later to highlight the measure that freezes tuition at all University of Wisconsin campuses for the next two years. The full Assembly will act on the budget in a couple weeks, and the Senate will then take it up. The budget will then go to Walker, who can use extensive line-item veto powers if he chooses.

The tuition freeze was in response to the recent discovery that U-W campuses were sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars in reserves. Walker said the U-W has done a “tremendous job” in providing a great education. Now, he says the state’s in a position to offer a reprieve from tuition increases that reached the allowable maximum of 5.5-percent a year for the last six years. The governor noted that families have struggled to keep up with the rising cost of college while their average incomes have been dropping.

Walker said a more affordable education would better equip young people for jobs in vital industries like health care, computer technology, and manufacturing.