Budget Plans (Audio)
By Jenifer Jones
Both Democrats and Republicans continue to make budget issues a top priority. House Majority leader Bob Faehn of Watertown says Republicans are committed to balancing the fiscal year 2011 budget without using reserve funds as the Governor had proposed.
"I think we're lockstep in our resolve to solve this problem and save the reserve funds because they're going to need them more next year than we need them this year," Faehn says.
Senate Minority Leader Scott Heidepriem says it's unfortunate the two parties haven't come to an agreement on how to reduce the size of government.
"Government wants to grow, government has an insatiable appetite to consume as much of public resources as we make available," Heidepriem says. "It's up to us to reduce that appetite. It's up to us to say government cannot keep growing."
He says he's disappointed the Republicans haven't come forward with a plan to reduce spending.
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