Wisconsin Senate budget deal includes promises of vetoes

Wisconsin General Assembly Gives Green Light To Foxconn Deal

The Wisconsin Assembly is debating a $3 billion incentive package to lure Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to the state. Walker has broad veto powers and could promise to cut something from the massive spending plan to secure the needed votes.

Foxconn says in an unsigned statement that it is thankful for the "vote of confidence" and says the $3 billion will "help us move forward with our plans to build the state-of-the-art advanced display manufacturing campus".

Friday night's vote caps off a budget process that has seen majority Republicans in the Senate and Assembly at odds for more than two months over how to complete their work.

"With this budget, Republican legislators have made it clear where their values lie - with private voucher schools over public schools, with wealthy special interests over working families and with even more transportation debt and delayed road projects", Shankland said.

The massive bill dictating spending for K-12 schools, Medicaid, the University of Wisconsin and the rest of state government must pass both the Senate and Assembly in identical form before it can go to Walker for his signature.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling said the fact the Republicans had difficulty getting the needed 17 votes "demonstrates the dysfunction that's happening, the inability to govern".

The Assembly passed the bill with all Republicans and four Democrats in support.

Walker said Wednesday that the budget would fulfill his goal of increasing funding for K-12 schools without increasing property taxes.




Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos declared their demands a "ransom note" and refused to consider amending the budget to make the changes. Walker also said he would support finding more savings at the Department of Transportation to win votes for the budget.

Joint Finance Committee approves transportation package, property tax cutsIn order to pass a contentious state budget that has been stalled for almost two months, the state Legislature's Joint Read...

Foxconn also pledged to make extensive use of the supply chain in the state to make Wisconsin "a center of worldwide high-tech manufacturing".

The Republican governor was in South Korea on a trade mission at the time of the vote but pledged to sign the incentives package into law soon.

Final sign-off by the Assembly sends the measure to the project's lead champion, Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker told reporters earlier Wednesday he would sign off on last-minute budget changes speeding up repeal of the prevailing wage.

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

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