Wisconsin Assembly passes budget, sends it to Walker
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Eleven Assembly Republicans joined with 35 Democrats in voting against the Wisconsin state budget. They are: Kathleen Bernier, Ed Brooks, James Edming, David Heaton, Scot Krug, Lee Nerison, Todd Novak, Warren Petryk, Keith Ripp, Travis Tranel and Nancy Vander Meer. All Democrats voted against the $73 billion two-year spending plan. Rep. Chris Danou was absent for the early Thursday morning vote. The Senate passed the budget 18-15 on Tuesday with Republican Sen. Rob Cowles joining Democrats in opposition. Republicans have publicly groused about the budget as introduced by Gov. Scott Walker that cut the University of Wisconsin System by $300 million and had other divisive proposals. But during Assembly debate Republicans said they improved the spending plan, which now heads to Walker for his signature and vetoes.