Not enough GOP support in Senate to pass budget Featured

Not enough GOP support in Senate to pass budget Featured

The Wisconsin state Assembly passed the two month overdue 2017-19 biennium budget in a 57-39 vote Wednesday. He's promised to make several vetoes to secure the deal.

They also cited a study by the Legislature's nonpartisan fiscal bureau projecting state government will take 25 years to make back its investment on Foxconn.

It is unclear whether or not Senate Republicans have the votes to pass the current version of the budget.

It was due on July 1, but squabbling among Republicans caused the delay.

- The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday sent Gov. Scott Walker a multibillion-dollar subsidy package for a Taiwanese company, putting within reach the governor's bid to place a massive flat-screen plant in the state. Republicans control the Assembly and Democrats don't have the votes to stop passage of the budget.

But Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca says the budget is rigged against working families and doesn't come up with a long-term funding solution for roads. Vos likened the Senate GOP demands for changes to a "ransom note" and said the Assembly would not be "held hostage".

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Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is defending the plan, saying that there is something for everyone to like in it, including tax cuts and more funding for K-12 public schools. The uncertainty stemmed from four conservative senators who believe the $76 billion spending plan was too high.

The vote followed more than eight hours of Democrats proposing 17 amendments to the plan, dealing with issues ranging from campaign finance reform to lead pipe replacement programs.

Walker, who is in South Korea on a trade mission, has also been personally involved in trying to broker a deal, said his spokesman Tom Evenson.

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Walker said he's willing, as part of the budget, to introduce more changes to how the Wisconsin Department of Transportation operates and expedite the effective date of the prevailing wage repeal. Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke blasted the Senate holdouts on Twitter saying, "Let me be as clear as I can".

Walker says he looks forward to signing it quickly. He is praising the plan that passed the Senate Friday night for sending $639 million more to K-12 schools while also slightly reducing property taxes.

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