Wisconsin Legislature voting Thursday to scrap Evers' budget priorities

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Republicans are preparing to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The vote Thursday in the Legislature's budget committee comes as Republicans begin changing the Evers spending plan to create their own version to approve later this summer.

Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the public is on their side in support of expanding Medicaid. They ran on their promise to expand Medicaid and believe their victories in 2018 were due in large part to that position. Polls also show broad public support.

But Republican legislative leaders aren't bending from their long-held opposition, even as some GOP lawmakers have publicly talked about trying to find a compromise.