Gov. Walker, Burke trade barbs on budget surplus

CREATED Feb 10, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 10, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - It was a war of words today between the two candidates for Governor, both arguing on how to spend the state’s projected budget surplus.

“He is spending money we don’t have,” said Mary Burke.

“If I came out and said the sky was blue today, she’s going to say it’s red,” said Governor Scott Walker.

The state is projected to have almost a billion dollars more than expected.  Monday Governor Walker and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke sparred over how that money should be spent while taking a few jabs at each other.

“We are only 6 months into a 2 year budget cycle.  It is irresponsible for us to go out and spend this money,” Burke said.

“This is somebody who forgets about the Doyle years and that really isn’t looking at the math.

Walker argues the money should go back to taxpayers to help boost the economy while Burke contends the state should use at least half the money to pay off debts first.

“I find Gov. Walker’s proposal irresponsible,” Burke said.

“Selective amnesia for someone who worked in the Doyle administration where they gave us one of the biggest budget deficits ever, $3.6 billion dollars in deficits.  We turned that into a surplus,” Walker argued.

On Tuesday, the State Assembly will vote on the Governor’s plan to cut both property and income taxes.