Scott Walker Says 2016 Announcement Coming After Budget Wrap at End of June

The Republican had wanted to finish the budget process in record-early time, but that goal now appears to be out of reach, according to a new report.

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, listens to a question during the Iowa Ag Summit at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday he will announce whether or not he plans to run for president after the state budget is passed, which he says will happen in short order. 

“I haven't made an announcement yet and won't until after the budget's done at the end of this month,” the Republican said, appearing on Fox News's Fox and Friends.

Walker had wanted to finish the budget process in record-early time, but that goal now appears to be out of reach, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday. 

“We do have a lot of stuff that we need to get ironed out,” said Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Sticking points–including among some legislators of Walker's own party—are funding for roads and a new basketball arena, according to the newspaper.

The current budget expires June 30. “Past legislatures and governors have sometimes even gone past the July 1 deadline. That forces the state government to run on the provisions of the old budget until the new one passes,” the newspaper said.

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