Republicans approve more money for Wisconsin technical colleges

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College carpentry students work on an emu shelter and two concession stands for the NEW Zoo (WBAY file photo)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans on the Legislature's budget-writing committee have approved more money for Wisconsin's technical colleges, but fell $11 million short of how much Gov. Tony Evers and Democrats wanted.

The Joint Finance Committee is working Thursday on making changes to Evers' budget before the full Republican-controlled Legislature votes on the two-year spending plan, likely sometime in June.

Democrats and Evers proposed increasing funding for technical colleges by $36 million. Instead, technical colleges will get $25 million more over two years under what Republicans approved Thursday.

Democrats say that isn't enough. But Republicans point out it's $7 million more than what Evers originally proposed. The governor on Wednesday doubled what he wanted to spend, tapping money from a newly announced $753 million surplus.

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