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Gov. Walker to rattle cage on roads, panel to vote on tuition

MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker was to urge lawmakers to reach a deal on road funding, while the Legislature's budget committee was likely to reject Walker's proposed tuition cut for the University of Wisconsin.

The Joint Finance Committee was also slated to vote Thursday on Walker's welfare reform package that includes making Wisconsin the first state in the country to require drug tests for some Medicaid applicants.

Walker scheduled a news conference in Neenah to discuss the urgency of reaching agreement on roads funding. Walker and Republican legislative leaders are at odds over the best plan.

Republicans also can't agree on whether to cut UW tuition by 5 percent as Walker wants, by a lesser amount or continue the current freeze.

The budget committee was expected to approve Walker's expansive welfare overhaul.


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