Wisconsin Senate passes state budget, sends to Walker

Posted September 17, 2017

The nine demands from the senators included speeding up repeal of the prevailing wage - that's slated to occur in September 2018 under the budget - and eliminating a provision that did away with local control over rock quarries that produce material for road and construction work.

The budget is 11 weeks overdue and three GOP senators were threatening to vote against it, but it finally passed after some last minute promises and a phone call from Walker, who is now overseas on a trade mission.

The Senate voted 19-14 to pass the budget after reaching a last-minute deal with reluctant Republicans.

Assembly Republicans have passed the state budget more than two months after the document was supposed to be finished but it's still unclear when it will land on Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

The Assembly approved the measure Thursday, with four southeastern Wisconsin Democrats joining majority Republicans in the 64-31 vote.

More news: Everton suffers dismal defeat against Atalanta

The Assembly passed the budget on late Wednesday night.

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.

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.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling said the fact that the Republicans had difficulty getting the needed 17 votes "demonstrates the dysfunction that's happening, the inability to govern".

Kapenga, Stroebel and Nass - who are all from southeast Wisconsin in or near the Milwaukee suburbs - issued a list of demands on Wednesday they said had to be met to secure their vote for the budget. Sen. The governor's comments were made to reporters, by conference call, during a trade visit to South Korea.

More news: Israel endorses an independent Kurdish state

Walker says he looks forward to signing it quickly.

Joint Finance Committee approves transportation package, property tax cutsIn order to pass a contentious state budget that has been stalled for almost two months, the state Legislature's Joint Read...

They say Foxconn offers a once-in-a-generation chance to create thousands of jobs and transform the state's tech and manufacturing sectors.

Democrats don't have the votes to stop it. It sends $639 million more to K-12 public schools and imposes a new fee on hybrid vehicles.

More news: Direct Line Insurance Group Shares Recommendation Reiterated by Goldman Sachs Group,