Assembly speaker says he won't be 'held hostage' on budget

Wisconsin Senate passes state budget sends to Walker

Wisconsin Senate passes state budget sends to Walker

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. Stephen Nass, R-Whitewater, said he wants to see a January 1 effective date to repeal the state's prevailing wage requirement. It's also a fiscally responsible budget that ends in a positive balance and maintains the largest rainy day fund in state history. The budget was supposed to be done by July 1 but GOP infighting over road funding has delayed the process.

Walker says those budgets and others were agreed to Friday with the state Senate. If Fitzgerald could get one of those senators to change his mind and support the Assembly package, he'd have enough G-O-P votes to pass the budget in its current form.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the Assembly will not return to act on the budget after it passes it Wednesday. The Assembly is voting on it Wednesday.

Walker talked about the budget Wednesday in a conference call from South Korea where he is on a trade mission.

Democrats have countered by arguing the budget would benefit only the wealthy, noting that it would cut income taxes primarily for high earners but not for poor working families.

Walker said on Wednesday he would be fine with moving up repeal of the prevailing wage from September 2018 to January 1 or earlier.

Walker said he's willing, as part of the budget, to introduce more changes to how the Wisconsin Department of Transportation operates and expedite the effective date of the prevailing wage repeal.

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Walker says he would support moving up elimination of the state prevailing wage to January 1 or even sooner.

Both ideas have been floated by Republican senators as necessary changes to secure their votes. It cleared the Senate earlier in the week and will become law once the Republican governor signs it.

Foxconn issued an unsigned statement thanking Wisconsin, saying the incentives "will help us move forward with our plans to build the state-of-the-art advanced display manufacturing campus".

"Stop asking your hardworking constituents ... to line the pockets of billionaires", said Rep. Amanda Stuck, a Democrat.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill as soon as next week.

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

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