Walker says budget cuts will be spread across agencies

Gov. Scott Walker said in an interview on WKOW-TV’s “Capitol City Sunday” that he anticipates cutting “bits and pieces of just about every part of state government” to close the 2015-17 state budget deficit.

Walker, who was sworn in for a second four-year term today, said his budget proposal will scale back the size and scope of state government.

“We’re going to continue to provide more reforms. We’re going to consolidate some state agencies, although most of that’s not really for cost savings,” Walker said. “It’ll be some (savings), largely at the top level. It’s really to make those agencies more effective, more efficient, more accountable to the taxpayers and to provide better customer service.”

Among the reforms could be more flexibilities for UW System in hiring and financial management, Walker said.