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Gov. Walker announces 57 line item veto items ahead of state budget signing

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI (WTAQ) - Bounty hunters will not return to Wisconsin.

Governor Scott Walker says he’ll veto the return of bail bondsmen when he signs the new two-year state budget into law today.

The Republican governor has line-item veto power over spending bills. He expects to strike out 57 items from the 1,400-page spending package that totals nealry $70-billion.

Wisconsin has not allowed bail bondsmen since 1979.

The system would have allowed criminal defendants to pay a private company 10-percent of his bond – and the business would have been responsible to make sure the defendants appear in court.

The attorney general and numerous others in the legal system opposed the measure, which was added by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee.

It’s the second straight time Walker will have opposed bail bondsmen.

He says he’s quote, “not thrilled” with the system.

Also, Walker plans to veto a budget item that would have removed the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its current location at UW Madison.

The finance measure would have also prevented anyone connected with the UW from working on the center’s projects.

Walker will also veto a slight modification in the private school choice expansion, to ensure tight enrollment caps as the system goes statewide.

Among other things, the budget also includes a $650-million income tax cut.

Walker will sign it this afternoon at a ceremony in Pleasant Prairie.

The budget takes effect July 1st.