State Budget Heads to Assembly This Week - WBAY

State Budget Heads to Assembly This Week


Lawmakers in the Assembly are schedule to begin budget debates Tuesday.

It could take several days to tweak the proposal approved by the Joint Finance Committee.

But already Monday, Assembly Democrats will be before the microphones across the state offering alternatives.

"We're really looking forward to the debate before the full Assembly," Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) said.

Since Republicans control the budget committee, the Assembly and Senate, what Democrats have are their amendments.

They're hoping to convince a few moderate Republicans on issues like Medicaid funding, more public school funding and no school voucher expansion.

"We're certainly hoping so," Genrich said. "The statewide voucher expansion has been controversial across Wisconsin, I think just about every school district in Wisconsin. We're hoping some Assembly Republicans will join us in opposing that program."

But Republican leaders worked hard to ensure their caucus is behind the budget before them, ensuring change won't come easy, if at all.

"I'm excited about the great things our budget will do for Wisconsin," Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) said in his weekly recorded speakers briefing. "Not only are we spending and borrowing less than in the governor's proposal, we are also making a bigger investment in middle class families through a major income tax cut. That's money kept in your pocket that can benefit your community."

Once the Assembly approves the budget, it heads to the Senate.

Governor Walker has said he hopes to have a budget signed by the end of the month.

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