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Gov. Scott Walker to consider "tweaks" to his tax cut proposal

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he'll consider what he calls "tweaks" to his proposed half-billion dollar tax cut package.

The Republican governor told reporters in Madison Wednesday he would consider changes in what he asked the Legislature to approve two weeks ago. However, he's not saying what the changes might be.

The governor said he has not negotiated with legislative leaders on a new set of numbers.

Walker has proposed large property and income tax cuts that would save the average Wisconsin homeowner $177. An Assembly committee is holding a public hearing on the Walker package Wednesday afternoon, and a vote in the full house is set for next Tuesday.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said his party's members are still talking about what they would and would not support. Some GOP senators say they'd rather assure that an $825 million structural deficit in the next budget be eliminated before any of the recent billion-dollar surplus is refunded.

Walker said he believes the Assembly is ready to vote on the same package he introduced. He expects the Senate to support his principles as well -- but it will take a little longer to get there.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)