MADISON (WKOW) -- After starting 90 minutes late, the State Assembly passed a Republican technical amendment to the state budget that prohibits school districts from levying more taxes for community service activities and requires private schools to give preference to public school students trying to enroll under an expanded school choice program.
The technical amendment also restores a property tax credit for veterans and their surviving spouses and prohibits local governments from imposing extra fees on real estate brokers.
GOP leaders say the debate will wrap up and a vote will be taken on the state budget by no later than 5:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Assembly adjourned after debating the state budget for only 15 minutes. The state Assembly plans to vote on the $70 billion dollar spending plan today so the Senate can begin debate on it Thursday morning.
Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have live reports on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Debate on the state budget will begin again Wednesday morning, after little was accomplished in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Republicans delayed the debate while they worked on an amendment to the proposal. The Assembly will start debating at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and they hope to have a vote around 5:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Assembly adjourned after debating the state budget for only 15 minutes. The state Assembly plans to vote on the $70 billion dollar spending plan. Lawmakers waited Tuesday for a Republican-sponsored amendment that makes changes to the two-year spending plan.
Democrats say they originally had over 200 amendments to the budget, but planned to introduce them only after they saw the Republicans' changes. A draft of the amendment was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and shows the plan would add $5 million to the school voucher program.
The GOP amendment would also keep protesters away from the site of an iron ore mine near Lake Superior. Both Republicans and Democrats agreed to time limits to avoid a late-night debate.
The Assembly and Senate both hope to have a budget passed by the end of the week.
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