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Wisconsin budget gets $636 million boost

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MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin's budget has gotten a $636 million boost thanks to a new, improved tax collection projection.

Despite the improved forecast from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released Wednesday, Republican lawmakers are urging caution.

Co-chairs of the Legislature's budget-writing committee say the 1.6 percent increase in tax collections over the next two years does not open to the door to more spending. Rep. Robin Vos says it does mean there likely will not have to be additional cuts in the budget to deal with a shortfall that previously was projected to be $3.6 billion.

Vos and Sen. Alberta Darling say the money could also be used to dial back some of the cuts Gov. Scott Walker proposed. But they say it doesn't undo the need to force concessions from union workers.

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