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Byline: Steven Walters
Nov. 22--MADISON -- Gov. Jim Doyle insisted Tuesday that he did not mislead voters by waiting until after the Nov. 7 election to disclose a potential $1.6 billion future budget deficit and to make public a proposal from his appointees to raise the annual vehicle registration fee by 45%.
"The (current) budget is balanced," Doyle said, adding that he would do the same with the next two-year budget.
Doyle also said a proposed $80 annual fee to register vehicles each year -- up from $55 -- is "too high" and a $10 increase would be "more reasonable." The $80 fee was recommended days after the election by the state Department of Transportation.
Doyle defeated Republican Mark Green, a U.S. House member from Green Bay …