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UPDATE: Republicans approve Wisconsin road-funding plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Latest on Wisconsin state budget (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

UPDATE (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved a road-funding plan that would borrow about $400 million, raise fees on electric and hybrid vehicles but not increase the gas tax.

The Joint Finance Committee approved the plan late Tuesday night as it moves to complete its work on the $76 million budget that's two months late.

Democrats say Republicans have failed by not finding a long-term funding solution for roads. Gov. Scott Walker was steadfastly opposed to raising the gas tax, but he's signaled support for the $75 hybrid vehicle and $100 electric car fee.

The GOP plan would also repeal the prevailing wage for state projects, limit local regulation of quarries used for construction projects and study the possibility of interstate tolling years from now.

It passed on a 12-4 vote, with no Democrats in support.


UPDATE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee is pushing to complete its work this week on the two-year spending plan that's two months overdue.

Votes that could be taken as early as Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning include whether to impose a new fee on electric vehicle owners and changes to a $3 billion incentive plan for electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group.

The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to meet on Tuesday. Reaching a budget deal will require Republicans who control both the Senate and Assembly finally agreeing on how to plug a $1 billion funding gap in transportation.

Gov. Scott Walker and legislative leaders have sent mixed signals about how close they are to finally bridging their differences. But they are optimistic it will be done by the middle of the month.


MADISON (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee is set to vote next week on Governor Scott Walker's $3 billion incentive package for a Foxconn Technology Group plant.

The committee issued a notice Friday saying a vote is set for Tuesday. The Assembly has already passed the bill; committee approval would set up a Senate vote.

The committee also is scheduled to finish the state budget Tuesday but it's unclear if that will happen. Republicans are still trying to reach consensus on how to shore up a nearly $1 billion shortfall in the state's transportation fund.

Walker has called for more borrowing and delaying projects. Assembly Republicans want to raise more revenue. The governor has said Republicans have tentatively agreed to raise hybrid and electric vehicle registration fees.

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