With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker expected to announce his intention to run for president in the coming weeks, he faces a growing GOP storm in his home state as lawmakers there work on a budget.
Walker, a Republican, has been working on Wisconsin's budget with his state legislature for months. He has said several times he will announce his presidential plans after the current budget year ends on June 30, when he expected the budget work to be finished.
According to The New York Times
, however, the budget may not be completed until the middle of July.
Republicans control the Wisconsin state legislature but they disagree with Walker's idea of how to pay for repairs to the state's roads and bridges. Walker does not want to raise taxes, and suggested the state borrow $1.3 billion to pick up the tab. But some of his fellow Republicans disagreed with the idea and shot it down.
"The governor rolled out $1.3 billion in bonding," Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Times. "It's not been well received, is the best way to put it."
story, meanwhile, reports the other issue holding up the budget in Wisconsin is how to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, an NBA team. Walker suggested that money from taxpayers could be used to foot half of the $500 million bill for the arena, an idea also not well received in some circles within the state.
"Government shouldn't be in the business of financing a private sports stadium," said David Fladeboe, the Wisconsin director of Americans for Prosperity, according to Bloomberg. "The current deal is based on fuzzy math, complicated accounting and millions of taxpayer dollars."
Todd Berry, president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, told Bloomberg, "the chances of a budget by July 1 are getting pretty slim."
The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
reported last week that Walker will announce his plans to run for president on July 13.
Wisconsin Republicans in the statehouse reportedly met Tuesday to work on hammering out a plan to finish the budget before July 1, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette
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