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Gov. Walker to sign budget July 1st, praises fellow Republicans

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker promises to sign the new state budget by July first, when it’s scheduled to take effect.

Walker says he’ll review the 1,400 page policy-and-spending package to see if should veto any line items.

For now, he said he’s proud of what his fellow Republicans in the Legislature have done.

He praised the approval of an across-the-board income tax cut, $150 more in public school aid over the next two years, and an expansion of private school choice.

Walker also made another defense of his refusal to accept new federal Medicaid funds, and place those just above the poverty line into the Obama health exchanges starting next year.

The governor promised that the new budget would bring more prosperity to Wisconsinites.

Three Assembly Republicans and GOP Senator Dale Schultz joined Democrats in voting against the package.

Schultz said he joined Democrats in opposing the expansion of the voucher program, which gives tax money to low-income students to attend private schools on a limited basis.

Schultz voted for the creation of the choice program 20 years ago. Since then, he said there’s no adequate evidence that the program is working, “let alone worthy of expansion.’