State budget's future in Senate unclear

State budget's future in Senate unclear

State budget's future in Senate unclear

The Assembly passed the budget 57-39 Wednesday evening after 11 hours of debate. They've also criticized it for lacking a long-term plan for roads projects, an omission that will further delay road work around the state and cause another $400 million to be borrowed for public-works projects.

Republicans met privately Wednesday to discuss the budget as the Assembly was preparing to vote on passing the $76 billion spending plan.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he wants to vote on the budget on Friday but doesn't have the votes. Those issues include a repeal of the state's prevailing wage law, and a mandate limiting the ability of school districts to conduct referendums to raise funds.

Several closed-door meetings were held Friday to work out a deal in an effort to push the two-month late budget to Walker.

Gov. Scott Walker plans to make a repeal of the prevailing wage for state construction projects take effect immediately, rather than a year from now, as part of the deal Republicans senators say they reached with him. Steve Nass and Duey Stroebel released Wednesday. Spending continued at current levels during the impasse.

The group of four or five GOP senators, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said yesterday, aren't ready to back the budget.

"If a Democratic governor negotiated this deal, you would be falling all over yourselves to vote yes", Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said. "I think we can do better", Shilling said.

Walker says he looks forward to signing it quickly. Democrats are united against it.

Democrats have assailed the budget as a missed opportunity that benefits the wealthy since it would cut income taxes primarily paid by high earners but not reduce income taxes across the board or for poor working families as Walker had urged. That came as a surprise after the Legislature's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee passed the budget last week, signaling to many the process was nearing an end.

"All of us can walk away saying if the Legislature does nothing else this session we have accomplished our most important task", Vos said.

Republicans have touted the budget as full of good news, pointing to a almost 6 percent increase in funding for K-12 schools, a tuition freeze at UW campuses and a small property tax cut.

Republicans who joined Democrats in voting against it were Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, and Todd Novak, of Dodgeville.

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