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Budget wrap-up featured on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- Hear more about Governor Scott Walker and potential budget vetoes this weekend.

Greg Neumann welcomes a Democratic and Republican lawmaker to Capitol City Sunday for a post-budget chat.

Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) says Gov. Walker needs to do the right thing and veto the provision of the budget that would allow current voucher schools to open up satellite schools elsewhere, without adhering to enrollment caps.

"Just to make sure that there isn't this statewide expansion hidden in there that could really blow the caps off that were agreed to by Republicans," said Sen. Larson.

But the Republican Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore says Democrats are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

"And I'm not gonna call their concerns disingenuous, but I do believe it's much ado about nothing," said Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha).  "I can't see Pius opening a satellite school in Portage to get all of the choice students that are gonna be coming out of there."

Another controversial budget provision many want the Governor to veto is the removal of the Center for Investigative Journalism from the UW-Madison campus.  But its one Rep. Kramer defends.

"Here you've got an organization that's funded by George Soros that's on public property.  Suppose there was a news organization funded by the Koch Brothers.  How would the other side feel about that if they were working out of the Capitol or one of the Universities or the Milwaukee County Courthouse?", said Rep. Kramer.

Rep. Kramer also stood behind a decision to reject the federal expansion of Medicaid, something the Governor will definitely not veto, much to the chagrin of Senator Larson.

"The biggest problem by not accepting this is we are losing access to a net ten thousand new jobs in our state, through expanding health care coverage," said Sen. Larson.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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