Assembly to begin state budget debate

Republicans hoping to fight any significant changes
Assembly to begin state budget debate

The state Assembly plans to begin debate of the state budget, with Republicans hoping to fight back any significant changes to the $70 billion two-year spending plan.

The budget up for debate Tuesday would cut income taxes by $650 million, extend private school vouchers statewide, and reject a federally funded Medicaid expansion.

The proposal would also allow for the sale of public properties, including prisons and state highways, create a bail bondsmen program, change rules for high capacity wells, and remove residency requirements for local government workers.

Assembly debate is scheduled to last all day Tuesday and then resume Wednesday. A vote is expected Wednesday afternoon. The Senate will then take it up on Thursday.

The budget must pass both houses in identical form before heading to Gov. Scott Walker.