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Democrats talk to Gov. Walker about state surplus


MADISON (WKOW) -- Democratic legislative leaders are suggesting Governor Scott Walker use the nearly billion dollar surplus to eliminate a projected deficit and spend more on education and job training programs.

Walker has said he wants to tap the $977 million surplus to provide income and property tax relief, but he has not said exactly what he will propose.

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca and Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson say they met with Walker on Tuesday but he didn't reveal his plans for the surplus.

Larson says Democrats would like to see tax cuts, but not before essential obligations of the state are taken care of. He says that includes a projected $725 million budget shortfall predicted by mid-2017.

The governor is scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech on Wednesday night.

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