State's two-year budget nearly finalized after Senate vote

Posted September 17, 2017

Republicans were one vote short of the 17 needed to approve the $76 billion plan before the deal with Walker was struck.

The electronics-maker could receive up to $2.85 billion in cash from state taxpayers under the deal, which would make it the largest incentive package for a foreign company in US history.

Democrats are beginning their attack on the budget focusing on a proposal to eliminate the prevailing wage, a move opposed by construction unions. The Senate doesn't plan to make any changes to the budget, either, Kapenga said.

Friday night's vote caps off a budget process that has seen majority Republicans in the Senate and Assembly at odds for more than two months over how to complete their work.

Senate Republicans, who have yet to take up the budget, are expected to meet Wednesday to discuss it. Fitzgerald said Tuesday that he hopes the meeting will produce agreement among his members on changes to the budget that can be sent to the Assembly, in the form of an amendment, before it votes on it.

"If a Democratic governor negotiated this deal, you would be falling all over yourselves to vote yes", Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said.

The Wisconsin Senate is began debating the proposed state budget today.

But Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca says the budget is rigged against working families and doesn't come up with a long-term funding solution for roads.

The Assembly passed the budget 57-39 Wednesday evening after 11 hours of debate.

The state Assembly is planning a final vote Thursday on the bill that would make $2.85 billion available to Foxconn in cash payments if it invests $10 billion and hires 13,000 workers.

High cost transportation aid is in that budget.

Kapenga said he spoke on the phone with Walker, who is in South Korea on a trade mission, to finalize the deal.

They say Foxconn offers a once-in-a-generation chance to create thousands of jobs and transform the state's tech and manufacturing sectors. Republican Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke blasted the Senate holdouts on Twitter saying, "Let me be as clear as I can". The budget would have also allowed votes in November of odd-numbered years.

Democrats don't have the votes to stop it.

Republicans have touted the budget as full of good news, pointing to provisions that would provide a 6 percent increase in funding for K-12 schools, a tuition freeze at UW campuses and a small property tax cut.