Legislative leaders' budget address reaction
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau
"I think in the end, by April, May, you'll see (a school choice expansion) that looks similar to what the governor announced tonight."
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester
"I want the largest, most robust tax cut we can possibly afford, because it's not about accounting of future years. It should be about the accounting today, which shows our budget is balanced, and more money in the hands of every single taxpayer is good for our economy."
Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee
"There wasn't much in there for long-term planning. It's very much of 'here is what is right in front of us.' It's not even a deep look back at what happened to us in the last few years, where we became 42nd in the nation in job growth."††
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha
"You would think any governor seeing those outcomes would change their course. But not only does Governor Walker not change his course in this budget, but in fact what he does to the two largest budgetary items is make life that much more difficult for Wisconsin citizens."
Senate JFC Co-chair Alberta Darling, R-River Falls
"Well, I think that the Legislature will be very interested in living within our means and having priorities. I think bonding is going to be a tough issue, and we'll have to find a way to fund those projects. But I don't think bonding will be looked at very favorably at this point."
Assembly JFC Co-chair John Nygren, R-Marinette
"We're actually going to, in Joint Finance, look for opportunities maybe to make that income tax reduction a little bit bigger."