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Walker's first proposals only add to budget woes

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MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker ran on the promise of balancing the state's $3 billion budget shortfall and putting people back to work.

But his first proposals will only deepen the state's fiscal woes.

In his first week in office Walker released eight bills he wants the Legislature to pass by March. Hearings on the bills start Tuesday and the Assembly could start voting on them by the end of the month.

Instead of chipping away at the budget problem, they include tax cuts that would increase the deficit by at least $80 million a year, based on figures released to The Associated Press by Walker's office.

Democrats say the bills don't do enough to put people back to work. Walker says they are laying the groundwork for greater economic prosperity.

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