Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Swearingen Likes State Budget; Senate Debating

State Assembly passes biennium budget Assembly passes budget, Senate not on board
Lucas Bell | 17 September, 2017, 00:56

After a dramatic showdown within the Republican majority in the state Senate, Wisconsin's $76 billion budget is finally on its way to the governor's desk more than two months late. Wisconsin competed with several other states to land the massive Foxconn factory which will make liquid crystal display panels. A group of Senate Republicans want to speed up repeal of the prevailing wage, block spending on University of Wisconsin System diversity training and expand the statewide voucher school program. The delay was the result of leaders trying convince enough GOP members to vote for the plan, which is more than two months overdue.

"We are not making wholesale changes to appease one senator with additional budget requests", Vos said in a press conference.

- 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. Democratic Reps. Peter Barca and Tod Ohnstad of Kenosha and Cory Mason of Racine joined Republicans in voting for the proposal again, just as they had when the Assembly passed an earlier version of the bill in August.

Assembly Democrats, speaking before the session, said the budget shows Republicans' priorities by "rigging" the state's economy to favor the wealthy. Vos likened the Senate GOP demands for changes to a "ransom note" and said the Assembly would not be "held hostage".

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the Assembly will not return to act on the budget after it passes it Wednesday.

Walker said Wednesday that the budget would fulfill his goal of increasing funding for K-12 schools without increasing property taxes.

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Minority Democrats have introduced 16 amendments.

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.

Kapenga, Stroebel and Nass - who are all from southeast Wisconsin in or near the Milwaukee suburbs - issued a list of demands on Wednesday they said had to be met to secure their vote for the budget. Sen.

Walker says in a statement he looks forward to signing the budget soon.

Foxconn also pledged to make extensive use of the supply chain in the state to make Wisconsin "a center of worldwide high-tech manufacturing".

"Stop asking your hardworking constituents ... to line the pockets of billionaires", said Rep. Amanda Stuck, a Democrat.

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