Assembly speaker says he won't be 'held hostage' on budget

Assembly speaker says he won't be 'held hostage' on budget

Assembly speaker says he won't be 'held hostage' on budget

Four Democrats and two Republicans broke with the majorities of their parties in the Wisconsin Assembly vote over a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group. Walker has broad veto powers and could promise to cut something from the massive spending plan to secure the needed votes.

The senators say Walker also plans to veto the budget to allow school districts to conduct referendum votes only on regularly scheduled primary and general election days. Both are sought by Republican senators who say they're not ready to pass the budget.

"With this budget, Republican legislators have made it clear where their values lie - with private voucher schools over public schools, with wealthy special interests over working families and with even more transportation debt and delayed road projects", Shankland said. Five GOP lawmakers opposed the bill, along with every Democratic Assembly member.

"I think this is one of the best budgets we have passed since I have been in the state Senate".

Vos said he was disappointed with the road funding - he had pushed for raising more revenue by raising the gas tax or raising vehicle registration fees rather than borrowing more money - but pledged that the Assembly would not return to the floor next week to adopt any Senate changes.

Senate Republicans met behind closed doors Wednesday while the Assembly was debating the budget.

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Democrats spoke out Wednesday before the Assembly was to vote on the $76 billion spending plan.

Walker, who is in South Korea on a trade mission, has also been personally involved in trying to broker a deal, said his spokesman Tom Evenson.

Rep. Dave Murphy, R-Greenville, said in a statement the budget is "responsible and accountable to Wisconsin families".

Walker says he would also be OK with additional reforms at the state Department of Transportation.

Final sign-off by the Assembly sends the measure to the project's lead champion, Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he doesn't have enough votes to get the budget out of his chamber and ship it to Walker.

"Stop asking your hardworking constituents ... to line the pockets of billionaires", said Rep. Amanda Stuck, a Democrat. The two-year spending plan includes a historic investment to K-12 schools, eliminates several taxes, and keeps property taxes below 2010, 2014 and today's levels.

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