Doyle tells committee how recession affects Wisconsin
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jim Doyle told the House Appropriations Committee in Washington Thursday how the recession forces the nation's governors to choose spending cuts that threaten even the most essential state services.
Governor Doyle told committee members Wisconsin will collect $3 billion less in taxes over the next two years.
The Democratic governor says that jeopardizes state schools, universities, technical colleges, access to health care and local police and fire service.
Doyle gave an example of a public safety program at risk -- the Milwaukee Police Department's Neighborhood Task Force.
The governor credits the program for reducing crime in Milwaukee by 10 percent and homicides by 33 percent.
Doyle was joined by the governors of New Jersey and Vermont in testifying about the need for an economic recovery bill.
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