Scott Walker, Tony Evers Tout Budget Proposals in Midst of Campaign

Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Tony Evers are touting proposals for the next state budget in their hotly contested race for governor, trying to score points by highlighting measures that would dramatically increase funding for schools and cut taxes.

Walker revealed details Monday for $200 million in tax relief he wants to enact over the next two years, while Evers is calling for a staggering $1.4 billion more for public schools. Neither proposal will be voted on by the Legislature until sometime next year, long after the November election.

Monday was the deadline for state agencies to submit their requests to Walker’s administration for funding, giving Walker and Evers a chance to spell out their spending priorities.

Whoever is elected governor in November will use those requests as the starting point for submitting a budget plan to the Legislature in early 2019. The Legislature then takes months rewriting the budget in the face of a July 1 deadline to pass a two-year spending plan.