Republicans to scrap Evers’ priorities, start writing budget
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ priorities are slated to be killed by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee.
Lawmakers are taking their first votes Thursday in writing the next state budget.
Some of the initiatives had included legalizing marijuana, raising $1 billion in taxes, and expanding collective bargaining rights.
Republicans intend to essentially scrap the Democratic governor’s entire two-year proposal and instead build off the current budget.
The Joint Finance Committee will vote to remove nearly 400 of Evers’ proposals. Evers, in a Thursday letter to Republican leaders, called their plans to gut his budget “ill-advised.” Republicans say they are also eyeing a tax cut.
The Legislature will likely vote on the budget sometime in June or early July.
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