- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Gov. Scott Walker’s threat to veto entire state budget (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is threatening to take the unprecedented step of vetoing the entire Wisconsin state budget if it races property taxes on homeowners.

Walker tweeted the threat on Monday, repeating a warning he first made via Twitter last week.

No governor has ever vetoed the entire state budget since 1931. That is the year the budget was first passed as a single, large bill. Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says, “The only reason for a complete veto would be more for political optics or for related rhetorical or symbolic reasons.”

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he was caught off guard by Walker’s threat. Vos says, “I don’t know why he wouldn’t call us instead of acting like Donald Trump and tweeting at us.”


11:05 a.m.

Gov. Scott Walker is continuing to put pressure on fellow Republicans in the Legislature not to raise taxes.

Walker on Thursday promised to veto the entire budget if it results in a net property tax increase to homeowners. And on Monday he fired off a series of tweets defending his budget as the GOP-controlled Legislature continues working on making changes to it.

Walker tweeted, “Republicans did not run on a gas tax increase — so they should not pass one in this budget.”

Raising gas taxes is being looked at by some Republican legislative leaders as part of a way to pay for roads in the state.

Walker also tweeted that Republicans who ran on the promise of lowering taxes “need to keep that pledge.”

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