Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled the rest of his two-year spending plan Tuesday, which includes deep cuts for schools and city governments.
Walker -- who's already at the center of controversy because of his proposal to reduce bargaining rights for state employees -- said the cuts are needed help close a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.
The governor added that local governments should have the tools to make up for the lost state revenue.
Fourteen Wisconsin Senate Democrats are still protesting the budget by hiding out in neighboring Illinois to avoid a vote.
If a decision continues to be delayed, Walker said he could be forced to layoff state workers.
President Barack Obama called Walker's plan to take away collective bargaining for state employees an assault on unions.
"I don't think it does anyone any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified, or their rights are infringed upon," he said.
In response, Gov. Walker said his administration has repeatedly praised Wisconsin's government workers.
"I'm sure the president knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits, while our plan allows it for base pay," he said.
Meanwhile, teachers and other workers are continuing to protest the union bill with rallies at the state capitol.