MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic legislative leaders say they are asking Gov. Scott Walker to use a $977 million budget surplus to eliminate a projected deficit and spend more on education and job training programs. Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca and Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson say they met with Walker on Tuesday but he didn't reveal his plans. The governor is scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech on Wednesday night. Walker has said he wants to tap the surplus to provide income and property tax relief, but he has not said exactly what he will propose.
Larson says Democrats would like to see tax cuts, but not before essential obligations of the state are taken care of. He says that includes a projected $725 million budget shortfall predicted by mid-2017.