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Wis. lawmakers work on budget over Memorial Day weekend


MADISON (WKOW) - The state's budget committee is back on the Capitol this weekend trying to find answers to the state's $6.6 billion dollar budget gap.

Here's what the joint finance committee decided Saturday.

  • Private construction companies will have to pay the prevailing wage on projects partially funded with public dollars. 
  • There will be three new positions in the justice department to investigate internet crimes against children but no money allotted.
  • The justice department will be allowed to transfer one million dollars from its own programs to give raises to assistant district attorneys and public defenders.
  • Landfills can now more than double the fees charged to municipalities to collect garbage.  
  • A provision forces pharmacies to dispense prescribed contraceptives.
  • To allocate another $811,000 over the next two years to reimburse crime victims for lost wages, medical care and other expenses.  The extra money comes from surcharges that judges impose when defendents are sentenced or placed on probation.

The committee will take the next two days off.  They are trying to find ways to cut costs or raise revenue to shore up the $6.6 billion gap by the end of the month so the full legislature can look at the state budget for approval.

By law, Wisconsin must have a budget in place by July 1.

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