- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that requires state agencies to develop plans for cutting or maintaining their budgets.

Right now, agencies submit budget requests for the next two years to the governor by Sept. 15 of every even-numbered year.

Under the Republican bill, agencies will have include plans in their request for cutting their operations budget by 5 percent and for maintaining operational spending levels for the biennium. Operational spending wouldn’t include aid to local governments, individuals and organizations, spending on debt and spending federal dollars.

Walker signed the measure privately Tuesday.

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