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Down-to-the-wire state budgeting

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A special committee of lawmakers created to reach a budget deal met for the first time late Wednesday.

But a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker says there is no budget deal. Decker's spokeswoman Carrie Lynch says members of the conference committee are meeting, but there is no agreement on the budget.

The conference committee was expected to meet to reach a compromise on the two different versions of the budget that passed the Senate and Assembly. There's pressure for the Legislature to pass a budget before July 1 to avoid losing federal money tied to that deadline.

Officials say $74 million in federal medicaid reimbursement is at stake over a modification of Wisconsin's hospital tax.   Both the Senate and the Assembly have approved making outpatient surgical centers subject to the hospital assessment.

$15.2 million rides on Wisconsin adopting primary enforcement of its seat belt law.   The Assembly approved such a change, but the Senate made the approval contingent on the law passing in time to qualify for the federal incentive money.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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