Many debate what should be done with Wisconsin's budget surplus

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by Chris Patterson

MADISON -- There's no shortage of ideas for how to spend the State of Wisconsin's billion dollar state budget surplus. Governor Scott Walker will outline his plan during this week's state of the state address. He's alluded to giving it back to taxpayers in the form of property and income tax cuts.

The Wisconsin taxpayers alliance argues the better course of action is to adjust income tax withholdings.  

Marquette Univeristy Law Professor Charles Franklin says, "The good politics is almost always giving money back to the voters through a tax cut and claiming credit for it rather than doing the most fiscally responsible thing or the best policy thing."

Democrats want the Governor to put the money towards public schools or medical assistance programs. The Governor is scheduled to give his State of the State address on January 22nd.

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