State Senate Sends Budget to Governor Walker

Wisconsin General Assembly Gives Green Light To Foxconn Deal

Wisconsin Assembly approves $2.85 billion Foxconn incentive package

That would prevent the Assembly from having to approve the budget a second time after a Senate vote, which has not yet been scheduled. Without the backing of at least one of the three holdout senators the budget would not have passed Friday.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is defending the plan, saying that there is something for everyone to like in it, including tax cuts and more funding for K-12 public schools. 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 Assembly approved the package 59-30 last month but had to take it up again because the Senate adopted changes to it on Tuesday.

His refusal Wednesday to further negotiate with senators came after Gov. Scott Walker said he would sign off on late changes to win over reluctant Republican lawmakers. The Senate must pass an identical document before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

Democrats spoke out Wednesday before the Assembly was to vote on the $76 billion spending plan. David Craig, of the Town of Vernon, voted in favor while all Democrats were against. They are Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca, Cory Mason, of Racine, and Tod Ohnstad, of Kenosha. It would also eliminate the alternative minimum tax, a move that would primarily benefit wealthier taxpayers. It's also a fiscally responsible budget that ends in a positive balance and maintains the largest rainy day fund in state history.

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Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he has five or six senators who still have concerns regarding the budget, according to Wisconsin Radio Network.

High cost transportation aid is in that budget.

Foxconn says it also plans to "make use of the extensive supply chain in the state". As it's now written in the budget, that repeal would take effect in September 2018.

The bill would exempt Foxconn from some state rules protecting wetlands and waterways, provisions that environmental groups say they'll challenge in court.

Both ideas have been floated by Republican senators as necessary changes to secure their votes.

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The Republican-controlled Assembly planned to vote Wednesday night.

Walker won't return from a trade mission to Asia until late Saturday, but the governor could sign the measure as soon as next week.

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

The bill now heads to the governor, who is expected to act on it next week.

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