Foxconn praises Wisconsin passage of bill

State Assembly passes biennium budget

Assembly passes budget, Senate not on board

The $76 billion spending plan goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. 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.

Democrats are also blasting the budget for not coming up with a long-term funding solution for Wisconsin roads. The budget was due July 1 but Republicans spent the summer quarreling among themselves over how to pay for roads before finally arriving at a plan to delay projects, borrow $400 million more and increase registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles by $100.

Republican Sen. Steve Nass says he remains opposed to the budget, saying there are several reasons he won't vote for it. Republicans have a 20-13 majority in the Senate, but they need 17 votes to pass the budget.

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement on the Assembly passage of the 2017-2019 state budget (Assembly Bill 64).

Kapenga said he spoke on the phone with Walker, who is in South Korea on a trade mission, to finalize the deal.

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High cost transportation aid is in that budget.

Walker says he would support moving up elimination of the state prevailing wage to January 1 or even sooner.

The governor says the potential Foxconn deal has put our state on the map globally.

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

Both ideas have been floated by Republican senators as necessary changes to secure their votes. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he doesn't have enough votes to get the budget out of his chamber and ship it to Walker.

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Walker told reporters earlier Wednesday he would sign off on last-minute budget changes speeding up repeal of the prevailing wage.

The Republican-controlled Assembly planned to vote Wednesday night.

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

The Assembly began debate on the measure Thursday morning and was expected to conclude in the afternoon.

Walker, who is gearing up to run for a third term next year, also defended the proposed budget plan, saying it fulfills his goals of increasing funding for K-12 schools without increasing property taxes.

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