GREEN BAY - Correction March 19, 2013: Seventh paragraph. Quote by State Rep. Gengrich corrected to read "I haven't heard from many constituents who are really asking for it."
Gov. Scott Walker was in Green Bay Monday night, sharing why he feels the state should expand its private school voucher program.
Walker spoke to more than one hundred people at Saint Thomas Moore School on the city's east side.
Walker is proposing the voucher program be expanded to nine districts, including Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan. However as his proposal currently stands, it isn't expected to pass in the State Senate.
"I'm not saying it's my way or the highway in terms of what I've authored in the budget," said Walker. "I'm willing to work with Senators if they want to find an alternative that maybe narrows it down to a school and not just the district, maybe narrows it down even on the individual student basis. What I'm not willing to back away from is every family should have access to a great education."
Republican State Senate President Michael Ellis of Neenah says at least ten of 18 Senate Republicans have an issue with Walker's voucher plan.
Democrats also are against the governor's plan. Some don't want to see vouchers expanded at all.
"I haven't heard from many constituents who are really asking for it," said State Rep. Eric Genrich, a Democrat from Green Bay. "The vast majorities who've contacted me have been opposed to the expansion as it stands."
Some Republican State Senators against the plan have said they are willing to compromise. Governor Walker says that has already started.
"My office has had a number of meetings already with senators," said Walker. "This is still in March. The Finance Committee probably won't take votes until late in May, so you're talking a couple months out."
Lawmakers are expected to vote on the state budget in June.
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