Republicans prepare to pass budget with changes

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) Republicans are making changes to the state budget to slightly reduce property tax increases, allow Tesla to sell cars directly to customers in Wisconsin and to "veto proof" the spending plan before sending it to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The Assembly was voting on the budget Tuesday with the Senate to follow on Wednesday.

Republicans offered an amendment to make 31 changes to the budget just before the planned vote. One change is to remove the ability of the Legislature's budget committee to approve a new fee on miles driven. Instead, the full Legislature would have to approve it.

Republicans say the proposal is fiscally responsible and should be signed by Evers.

The governor has not said if he plans to sign the budget with some vetoes or strike down the entire plan.