Wisconsin budget gets $753 million boost in tax collections

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state budget will have $753 million more than originally expected, thanks largely to a one-time spike in tax collections due to federal tax law changes.

The money now becomes available for the Legislature as it's working on the two-year spending plan. But Republican leaders don't appear to be on the same page Wednesday about what to do.

Gov. Tony Evers says he used $56 million of the money to pay down debt. He says that's estimated to save close to $70 million in future debt payments. He wants lawmakers to spend $33 million on technical colleges and workforce development.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the money should go to tax cuts, reserves and paying down debt. Vos says, "Now is not the time to go on a spending spree."

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says it would be appropriate to spend some of the money on capital building projects and roads.

Budget committee co-chair Rep. John Nygren says he wants to put most of the money into savings ahead of a likely recession.

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