Assembly scheduled to pass budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is scheduled to vote on passing the state budget after debate barely got off the ground on Tuesday.

The vote on passage is scheduled to happen at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Assembly was scheduled to spend all day Tuesday on the plan, but discussions among Republicans on more than two dozen changes caused a delay. Lawmakers spent only 15 minutes debating the plan as talks dragged on behind the scenes.

One of the late additions to the budget includes giving the state Department of Natural Resources the authority to pass a rule restricting access to the proposed site of an iron ore mine near Lake Superior.

Another would delay for a year loosening requirements for high-capacity wells.


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