MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has never had a veto overridden by the Republican-controlled Legislature after more than four years in office.
But that could change, sort of, due to a state law that rarely gets a workout.
Walker on Aug. 6 vetoed a decision by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee approving $15.8 million in spending by the Transportation Department to pay for installing 70 mph speed limit signs, road salt and a variety of other maintenance needs.
Walker disagreed with tapping $3 million from a county maintenance fund.
State law requires when spending of this sort is vetoed, the committee must attempt an override.
Walker’s veto of the committee action is the first of its kind since 2004, and the budget committee has not overridden such a veto since 2003.
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