Gov.-elect Evers prepares budget plan; Republicans say compromise is likely

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Governor-elect Tony Evers is warning Republicans that he will consider a veto of the entire state budget if they completely ignore his proposals.

As Evers prepares to take office in less than week, he's already dropping hints about his upcoming state budget which is likely to expand spending on key issues he campaigned on, including education and health care.

"If I personally go into a budget and working with the legislature saying I don't know if we're going to be able to do anything, I will not have done my job," said Evers Wednesday to Action 2 News.

Evers added he's also not afraid to veto Republicans bills he doesn't agree with -- including a GOP-written budget that disregards his plan.

"We're going to be intentional about giving people hope. We have to give them hope that we're actually going to accomplish things for this state, for them," he said.

Republicans say there's likely to be some compromise but any move to raise either property or sales taxes would face fierce opposition.

"Even when Governor Walker introduced a budget a number of things were immediately dead upon arrival," said Sen. Roger Roth, an Appleton Republican. "I think you're going to see the same thing with Governor-elect Evers, but this is a process. I think it will be a six month process where we will work together, and the important thing at the end of the day is we have to get one passed. We will get a budget passed,"

Evers is expected to submit a two-year budget proposal sometime in February.

Legislators will then spend months holding hearings before voting.

The existing budget expires at the end of June, but state government doesn't shut down if the deadline is missed.

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