Republicans reject Evers' capital budget

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans on the Wisconsin Building Commission are refusing to endorse Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan for $2.5 billion worth of construction projects across the state.

The unprecedented move Wednesday speaks to challenge of divided government and moves the fight over capital building projects to the Legislature.

Republican opposition from Building Commission members killed Evers' capital budget proposal and requires the Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee to start from scratch. Typically, the Building Commission makes a bipartisan recommendation based on the governor's proposal and the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee goes along with the bulk of the request.

Republican legislative leaders sent Evers a letter calling his proposed $2 billion in borrowing "unrealistic and unsustainable." They called on Evers to work with them on a more modest plan.