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Lawmakers react to budget signing


In front of a large crowd in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed the two-year $70 billion budget.

"This is a budget that invests more in our veterans, in our infrastructure, in our workforce development," said Walker. "This is a budget that puts more into healthcare and mental healthcare. This is a budget that is good for the people of Wisconsin."

But not all lawmakers agree. Democratic State Representative Mandy Wright is one of them.

"I'm concerned on many levels about this budget," said Wright "I think we'll see the consequences play out for many years, but I am glad that the governor made some vetoes today."

There were dozens of vetoes. 57 to be exact.

Some of the big ones include a measure that would have allowed bounty hunters to operate in the state. Another veto will allow an investigative journalism center to continue operating on the UW-Madison campus.

Meantime, many Republicans are praising Walker's plan. Including State Senator Tom Tiffany.

"I think this is a very good budget for Wisconsin and for northern Wisconsin," said Tiffany. "I think we're starting to see some growth in our economy. It shows a little bit of a structural deficit, but I think that will be wiped out when we see some growth in our economy and you'll see a budget that's in balance."

The budget goes into effect on Monday.

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