The budget is moving forward at the
Wisconsin State Capitol. Wednesday, the State Assembly approved the
plan, sending it to the State Senate for debate Thursday.
It was a quick decision, early
Wednesday afternoon, as the Assembly approved the budget by a vote of
55-42. Democrats decided not to debate the issue; a move that
surprised some Republicans.
"I think in some terms people
could say that, that they kind of just backed off a little bit. I
think they're looking to take their fight more to the State Senate,
see if they can convince some other senators to make that choice,"
said Republican State Representative Scott Krug.
But Democrats said it was the logical
"There are a couple of other
senators that really need to take responsibility for the implications
of this budget. We are hoping with pressure from citizens, who
understand the implications of this budget, that we can stop it and
we can make a difference," said Democrat State Representative
Both Democrats and Republicans say it's
now about urging the State Senate, as this budget effects every
person in Wisconsin.
There are a number of controversial
issues in the budget, including expanding private school vouchers
statewide and $650 million in income tax cuts--something Democrats
and Republicans still don't agree on.
"With all the people in central
Wisconsin that have lost their jobs that fall into that, or even
lower than the median household income, this is unacceptable. We know
that trickle down economics does not work," said Wright.
"The income tax cuts are for all
tax payers. So yes, if you make more, you'll see more of a cut, but
the income tax break is what we targeted,” said Krug.
Three Assembly Republicans did vote
against the budget. Republicans hold an even smaller majority in the
State Senate, where the budget will be discussed Thursday.