Vos wants reduction in technical college levy

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants to tap a state surplus to reduce property taxes levied and collected by technical colleges in Wisconsin.

Vos tells The Associated Press on Thursday that he is pushing for that approach with Gov. Scott Walker. The governor says he plans to use the surplus to cut property taxes and income taxes, but he won't release details until his State of the State speech on Wednesday.

Vos says "buying down" the technical college levy would be the best way to provide property tax relief statewide without creating big winners and losers.

Technical colleges levied about $796 million in property taxes this fiscal year.

The new state tax collection estimates were to be released later Thursday.

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