Assembly to begin budget debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly plans to begin debate of the state budget, with Republicans hoping to fight back any significant changes to the $70 billion two-year spending plan.

The budget up for debate Tuesday would cut income taxes by $650 million, extend private school vouchers statewide, and reject a federally funded Medicaid expansion.

The proposal would also allow for the sale of public properties, including prisons and state highways, create a bail bondsmen program, change rules for high capacity wells, and remove residency requirements for local government workers.

Assembly debate is scheduled to last all day Tuesday and then resume Wednesday. A vote is expected Wednesday afternoon. The Senate will then take it up on Thursday.

The budget must pass both houses in identical form before heading to Gov. Scott Walker.


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