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Governor's priorities largely remain in budget

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MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's budget that could be sent to the full Legislature this week looks a lot like what he proposed three months ago.

Walker's plan balances a $3 billion shortfall without raising general taxes while also buying down the state's debt. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee planned to wrap up its work on the plan by the end of the week.

Democrats in the minority are casting the budget as prioritizing the wealthy over the middle class. They point to deep cuts to public schools, the reduction of tax breaks for the poor and capping enrollment in a program designed to keep ailing senior citizens out of nursing homes.

But Walker says the budget protects taxpayers, reforms and improves government services, and sets the stage for economic growth.

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