By Tim Kowols
First District Assembly member Joel Kitchens sees the impact the hard decisions made in past budgets have created on this biennium plan addressed by Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday. The governor introduced his two-year, $76.1 billion budget plan to the full Legislature, highlighted by increased spending in education, tax cuts for the poor, and a stoppage on major road projects in southeast Wisconsin. As Vice-Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, Rep. Kitchens is happy this budget invests more into K-12 education than any other in history.
Rep. Kitchens did express concerns about Governor Walker’s plans regarding transportation funding and health insurance coverage for public employees. Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature will meet multiple times for floor periods before an estimated budget passage in June.