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Walker vetoes smoking fee

Walker vetoes smoking fee
UPDATE: July 2, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Political intrigue is swirling around Gov. Scott Walker's decision to veto his own plan to charge state workers pay more for health insurance if they smoke.

Walker's executive state budget would have required state workers who smoke to pay $50 more per month for health insurance. Walker's administration said the extra charge was necessary because health care is more expensive for tobacco users.

But Walker used his partial veto powers to erase the plan from the final budget signed Sunday.

Walker's veto message says new federal guidance on tobacco surcharges was issued after he drew up the fee plan that would make the program too cumbersome. For example, Walker wrote, a smoker could avoid the fee by joining a cessation program.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 30, 2013


MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Governor Scott Walker is vetoing 
provisions in the state budget that would have allowed 
bounty hunters to operate in Wisconsin and kicked 
an investigative journalism center off the 
University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
 
Walker plans to sign the budget and release all 57 vetoes on Sunday. 

Walker's major priorities remain unchanged. Those include a $650 million income 
tax cut, rejection of federal Medicaid expansion and expanding private school 
vouchers statewide.
	   
Walker says he's vetoing the bail bondsmen provision because it's a policy he's 
``not thrilled with.'' He says whether the Center for Investigative Journalism 
operates on the UW-Madison campus is an issue for the Board of Regents.

He's also allowing kringle to be named the official Wisconsin pastry.
 

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