Public education, transportation are biggest issues in budget to Steinke and Hintz

WISCONSIN - Governor Scott Walker will sign the state budget tomorrow in Neenah, and both the Republican majority leader and soon-to-be Democratic minority leader of the state assembly agree on the budget's accomplishments and shortfalls.

Representative Gordon Hintz from Oshkosh, who will become the Assembly's minority leader next month, says transportation funding is a continual letdown. 

"By far the biggest disappointment in the state budget was that there is no long-term solution," Hintz said. "This is the third budget in a row where Governor Walker and the Republicans have kicked the can down the road, we're going to continue to delay projects, which is going to increase the costs, we're going to continue to have crumbling infrastructure, and we're going to have a significant level of borrowing."

Assembly majority leader Jim Steineke of Kaukauna agrees transportation will continue to suffer. 

"The biggest thing for me is the lack of a long-term solution for transportation funding," Steineke said. "We're still not at a point where we can declare victory, and say we solved the state's road funding issue, and that's disappointing to me. I thought we had a real opportunity to do that in this budget."

Public education was dealt a better hand from the budget.

"You know the budget for public education brings state funding back to where it was about ten years ago when you consider for inflation, so after years of cuts, I'm certainly happy that we're not seeing cuts, you know, but the reality is I'm worried about what the future funding is going to be given the amount of tax cuts that are still in the budget and the revenue that's not going to be available," Hintz explained.

Steineke felt that public education will be lifted up because of this budget. 

'"The biggest selling point of this budget is the investment in public education," Steineke said. "We're proud that we're able to make those investments in education in this budget and continue to make education a priority in this state."

Governor Walker will sign the budget tomorrow at 12:20 at Tuller Elementary School in Neenah. Local 5 will be there to provide full coverage of the signing. 


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