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Walker: State revenues up nearly $1 billion

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- News that Wisconsin's budget surplus is projected to top $977 million is setting off a feeding frenzy in the Capitol among lobbyists, special interest groups, and lawmakers.

Gov. Scott Walker is saying he wants to return the money to taxpayers in the form of property and income tax cuts.

But Democrats and liberal advocacy groups said Thursday the money should be used to help the middle class with programs that will put people back to work. There are also calls to increase spending on public schools and higher education and plug spending holes in the Medicaid program.

Republican Senate President Mike Ellis says "everybody and their cousins from other states" will be trying to get a piece of the money.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants to use some of the money to reduce technical college property tax levies, replacing that revenue with money from the state.

Walker is to release his tax cut plan Wednesday.

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