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Update: State Senate Passes Budget

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature has passed the state budget.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed the $70 billion budget shortly after midnight on Friday. The Assembly passed it Wednesday.

The two-year spending plan now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Senate vote came after 12 hours of debate on Thursday and a 90-minute delay caused by Democrats who used a procedural move to block a final vote until Friday.

The budget passed the Senate on a 17-16 vote. Sen. Dale Schultz was the only Republican to vote against the plan.

Schultz objected to many parts of the budget, including the expansion of private school vouchers statewide and policy items like banning the Center for Investigative Journalism from operating on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

POSTED Thu 10:32 PM, Jun 20, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has moved just short of passing the state budget without making any changes.

Democrats used a procedural move Thursday to block a final vote on the budget until 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Every Democratic sponsored amendment was rejected over 12 hours of debate, but Democrats wouldn't allow the budget to come up for a final vote.

Democrats tried to undo the voucher expansion, alter the income tax cut to benefit the middle class more and accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

The $70 billion spending plan will head to Gov. Scott Walker once it passes the Senate as expected early Friday morning. The Assembly passed it Wednesday.


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