Not enough GOP support in Senate to pass budget Featured


WFRV-The Wisconsin Senate has passed the state budget Friday night.

The Assembly passed the bill with all Republicans and four Democrats in support. The Senate must pass an identical document before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

Walker reached a deal with three holdout Republicans to win their support for the deal. That would prevent the Assembly from having to approve the budget a second time after a Senate vote, which has not yet been scheduled. The budget was supposed to be done by July 1 but GOP infighting over road funding has delayed the process.

Now, Sens. Steve Nass, Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga are demanding a number of major last-minute changes.

The voucher program provides subsidizes private school tuition.

They also cited a study by the Legislature's nonpartisan fiscal bureau projecting state government will take 25 years to make back its investment on Foxconn.

Walker said on Wednesday he would be fine with moving up repeal of the prevailing wage from September 2018 to January 1 or earlier.

Foxconn issued an unsigned statement thanking Wisconsin, saying the incentives "will help us move forward with our plans to build the state-of-the-art advanced display manufacturing campus". Fitzgerald emerged from the meeting saying he still doesn't have the votes. David Craig, of the Town of Vernon, voted in favor while all Democrats were against.

Vos' stance contrasted with Walker, who said earlier Wednesday that he's open to changing the state budget to mollify Republican senators delaying its passage.

"I'm still confident we'll have a budget by the end of the summer", Walker said.

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It is unclear whether or not Senate Republicans have the votes to pass the current version of the budget.

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. Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, a member of the Legislature's budget committee. They began the session by proposing a budget amendment, quickly voted down by the GOP majority, to reinstate Wisconsin's prevailing, or minimum, wage requirement for workers on public construction projects.