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Tax cuts face uncertain future in state senate; Burke calls plan "irresponsible"

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-WRN)  The state assembly passed Governor Scott Walker's tax cut proposal yesterday. It faces an uncertain future in the state senate. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he plans to send the bill to the Joint Finance Committee instead of voting on the package as-is. Earlier Fitzgerald expressed frustation that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos didn't negotiate with the senate on changes to the package. Governor Walker has indicated he's willing to make changes to his tax cuts to win additional votes in the upper chamber.

Some state senators want more money set aside to reduce the state's structural deficit for the 2015-16 budget. Walker contends a growing economy will bring the budget into balance.

Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker’s political challenger calls his tax cut plan “irresponsible.”Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke stresses, the nearly $1 billion projected budget surplus is just that — a “projected” surplus, she says, based on some “pretty rosy assumptions.” Burke says Walker “is spending money we don’t have yet.”

The state Assembly on Tuesday approved Governor Walker’s proposal to cut state income and property taxes by about $504 million. Burke criticizes Walker’s plan, saying, bills have to be paid before racking up more on the credit card.

Burke explains, “Put simply, Walker’s approach is to borrow and spend. It’s left us in a weaker position financially while we continue to lag the nation in job creation.”