MADISON (WKOW) -- The Republican-controlled state Senate has passed the $66 billion state budget, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker's desk.
The Senate approved the bill at 10 p.m. Thursday night on a party line 19-14 vote.
Walker said the budget passed by the Legislature "met and exceeded the goal of balancing the budget by cutting spending and not increasing taxes."
The budget plugs the states $3 billion budget shortfall.
Lawmakers debated the bill for nearly nine hours on the Senate floor.
Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Majority Leader) said, "For us it wasn't even a choice, it was something we knew we had to do. The claw back on collective bargaining ultimately puts in place what I think is the most honest and responsible budget that we've seen around here in a decade."
Senator Mark Miller (D-Minority Leader) said, "We will see a degradation of our environment, we will see a degradation of the quality of education. People's wages will go down, average household income will go down."
The measure cuts more than $1 billion from public schools and the University of Wisconsin System. It also takes about $500 million from Medicaid programs. The bill also caps Family Care, a program designed to keep poor, elderly people out of nursing homes.
Walker says he'll sign the law before June 30.