- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would cut state general fund spending in the first year but raise it in the second to help plug a projected shortfall.

The budget he delivered to the Legislature on Tuesday would cut state spending less than half a percentage point in the first year. It would go up 6.7 percent the second year.

There is no across-the-board cut to state government. Instead, the budget is balanced through large targeted reductions like a $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System, accounting moves and smaller reductions and savings.

There would be a net decrease of about 400 state government positions over the two-year budget, and roughly half of those have been vacant for more than a year.

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