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Senate convenes to take up state budget


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Senate takes up the state budget at the Capitol.

Democrats are set to announce the amendments to the budget that weren't introduced in the Assembly on Wednesday.

Democrats will offer amendments, especially in the areas of the budget that involve school choice and medicaid expansion. The Senate will be in session at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.

The Assembly passed the budget on Wednesday after Assembly democrats decided not to offer any of the 200 plus amendments. The Assembly voted after one hour on the floor. The republicans passed their $70 billion dollar budget without any resistance.

The budget passed 55 to 42. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he was shocked at the democrat's political move, but he's confident the Assembly version of the budget will pass the Senate on Thursday.

On the other hand, Senate democrats say they're working to pressure two moderate republicans into supporting the democrats in the Senate.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the budget would cut income taxes for all tax filers by $650 million dollars over a two-year period, it would expand statewide private school vouchers and tighten income eligibility under medicaid.

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