Wisconsin budget talks break down

Wisconsin budget talks break down

Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down.

Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other’s position on how to pay for road construction projects “laughable.” A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes.

Both sides are scheduled to meet separately and privately on Wednesday. Leaders also have a meeting with Gov. Scott Walker.

The current two-year budget ends on Friday, but the Republican-controlled Legislature will not pass a new one in time.

How to pay for roads remains the biggest area of disagreement.

Republicans are also discussing whether to loosen income eligibility for the statewide private school voucher program and reduce or eliminate the personal property tax rather than cut income taxes as Walker wants.

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