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Assembly passes state budget, heads to Senate


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 decision.

"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 Mandy Wright.

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.


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