- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker is taking to the road to defend his state budget that would slash funding for the University of Wisconsin System, expand the private school voucher program and slightly cut property taxes.

Walker was starting Wednesday with a stop in La Crosse, before heading to Eau Claire, Stevens Point, De Pere and Oconomowoc.

The $68 billion budget Walker released on Tuesday would cut UW funding by 13 percent, while also giving the 26 campuses more freedom from state laws and oversight.

Walker wants to remove an enrollment cap on the voucher program, while keeping funding for public schools flat over the next two years.

His plan would also result in property taxes dropping $10 over two years on a typical home.

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