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More than 700 gov't hires proposed in Gov. Walker's budget


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Over 700 more people would be added to the state government’s payrolls under the two-year budget that Governor Scott Walker submitted to the Legislature.

The package includes new staffers for Wisconsin to comply with the Obama health care reform law – more engineers to replace more expensive private contractors – and additional tax auditors to get scofflaws to pay up.

The Republican Walker proposes a one percent increase to the state’s full-time workforce of just under 70,000, not including UW personnel.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s concerned about the number of new people the governor wants to bring in. He and Senate GOP finance chair Alberta Darling also say the Walker budget has too much borrowing.

Much of that is for the proposed half-billion dollar increase in transportation projects. Walker wants to speed up the payback by selling off state-owned power and heating plants.