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Democrats hoped for different approach in Walker's proposals

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Democrats had little praise for Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State address. 

Speaking alongside Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) at the official, Democratic response, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said he would have preferred the Governor take a "balanced approach" in doling out a projected $911 million surplus. 

Barca said the money should be split between worker training, education and tax relief, although he and Larson said they first need to analyze the numbers before proposing how much money should go towards each. 

"At a time of great deficits, we disinvested $1.6 billion out of our public schools. We cut money to vocational colleges by nearly one third," Barca said. "We have to also address those needs."

Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) said the Governor's tax cut, which features $406 million in property tax relief, is geared towards the wrong demographic. 

"The big chunk of this tax relief would go towards benefiting the wealthy people who have bigger homes and are paying more in property taxes," Taylor said. 

Democratic leaders did not take a position on a Facebook post by Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), which written during the speech. 

In the post, Sinicki said "OMG...this speech is so full of sh**. Wish I could get up and walk out."

Larson said any question regarding the Facebook post should be directed towards Sinicki. Barca said Democrats at their official response were only taking "substantive" questions about the governor's speech, the budget and other important state issues. 

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