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Wisconsin has $283 million budget hole

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- New nonpartisan projections show Wisconsin is on track to finish the current fiscal year with a larger shortfall than Gov. Scott Walker's administration anticipated.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported Friday that the state is expected to finish the year that ends June 30 with a $283 million shortfall. Walker's administration had projected in November the state would finish the year $132 million in the red.

Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick says there will not be an emergency budget-balancing bill. Instead, she says Walker will empower his administration leaders to "use all available tools to live within their means."

For the two-year budget Walker will introduce on Feb. 3 the state faces a roughly $2 billion shortfall, based on spending requests from state agencies.

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