Assembly passes budget, Senate not on board

The Latest: Senate to vote on Wisconsin budget Friday

Vos says he would only make technical changes to the budget during Assembly debate Wednesday, raising doubt into whether the spending plan would pass the full Legislature this week. "I'm also excited there's additional money for FAB LABS as well as additional $14 million for broadband in this budget". "Today we showed Wisconsin that we're committed to moving our state forward".

The Wisconsin state Assembly passed the two month overdue 2017-19 biennium budget in a 57-39 vote Wednesday.

As the legislation is already two months behind schedule, state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said Wednesday he will not accept any revisions from the Senate. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, told the Wisconsin State Journal he wants to see what he described as cost-saving changes to Wisconsin DOT operations added to the budget.

Stroebel and Nass both reaffirmed without significant changes, they intend to vote no Friday.

It would take the state up to 25 years to recoup its investment, even accounting for the economic ripple effect of the project, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau has said.

Three Democrats from that region voted for the bill.

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. That would prevent the Assembly from having to approve the budget a second time after a Senate vote, which has not yet been scheduled.

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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.

"We're not going to be held hostage to individuals who have some kind of a wish list", Vos said. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald smiled, shrugged and walked into his office without verbal comment when asked if he had secured enough support.

Walker talked about the budget Wednesday in a conference call from South Korea where he is on a trade mission.

Fitzgerald said Tuesday that he did not yet have the 17 Republican votes needed to pass the $76 billion spending plan.

"I'm still confident we'll have a budget by the end of the summer", Walker said. Stephen Nass, R-Whitewater, said he wants to see a January 1 effective date to repeal the state's prevailing wage requirement.

The Senate convened momentarily Friday morning, then immediately recessed so GOP senators could meet privately. The plan preserves funding for two ongoing projects in Dane County: one to expand and rebuild Verona Road near McKee Road; the other, U.S. Interstate 39-90 from the Madison area to IL. Vos said if Republican senators pass an amended budget and return it to the Assembly, the chamber will reject it.

It implements a new fee on hybrid and electric vehicles, which supporters call a move to tax such vehicles more comparably to vehicles powered exclusively by fossil fuel.

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