MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's new state budget promises to touch lives across the state when it goes into effect Friday.
Provisions in the Republican-crafted budget will affect everyone from prospective politicians to college students to business owners. Tucked into the budget are plans to end public financing for state office races, clear the way for higher tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, make new government employees work longer before they can participate in the state retirement system and bring back auto title loans.
Also on tap are tax credits for businesses, money for freeway construction in Milwaukee and higher awards in small claims cases.
It's not all stone-cold serious. The budget also allows movie theaters to apply for liquor licenses and creates a special day to honor former President Ronald Reagan.
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