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A Look at the Budget Plan Gov. Doyle Signed Thursday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND TAXES

  • Does not raise income, personal, sales or corporate taxes.

  • Does not impose a Republican-proposed three-year limit on the property taxes local governments and schools assess.

  • Increases fees $10 a year to register automobiles, to $55 from $45. Title fees also increase $10, to $18.50 from $8.50 a year.

  • Creates a $205 million rainy day fund with $168 million in additional spending cuts, including $100 million from the state transportation fund.

  • Alters how the value of farmland is calculated for property taxes to reduce the assessment for woodlands and wetlands.

  • Opens prisons in New Lisbon and Highview.

  • Cuts 2,300 state jobs.

  • Reduces state agency spending by $400 million.

EDUCATION

  • Ends the state's commitment to fund two-thirds of public school education.

  • Cuts $250 million from the University of Wisconsin System in the next two fiscal years and allows up to $150 million in tuition increases to offset the cut.

  • Restores $46 million in funding for 4-year-old kindergarten.

SHARED REVENUE

  • Cuts state aid to local governments by $50 million.

  • Caps the reduction in shared revenue to just more than 15 percent for each municipality compared to what they expected to get next year.

HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

  • Increases enrollment fees and deductibles for most seniors in the state prescription drug program.

  • Limits mothers in the state's welfare reform program to a three-month stay at home with their newborns while receiving a monthly grant of $673, half as long as Doyle proposed.

  • Increases premiums to $100 from $60 for some families in the state's health care program for the working poor.

  • Requires people applying for the BadgerCare program to have their income and insurance information verified by their employers in advance of enrolling in the program. Eligibility requirements otherwise do not change.

  • Increases the amount of money veterans will be eligible for to pay fees if they go back to school.

  • Makes fewer autistic children eligible for intensive in-home therapy, though a new program still will serve 1,100 children, with about 60 percent qualifying for intensive in-home therapy.

Source: Gov. Jim Doyle


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