State Assembly passes budget

MADISON (WLUK) -- As the budget debate began Wednesday, transportation funding was one topic Assembly Republican and Democrats agreed didn't turn out the way they had hoped.

"I take responsibility that we could not successfully negotiate a way to improve the long-term sustainability to the system," said Speaker of the Assembly, Robin Vos, R- Rochester.

"We're delaying projects that will cost more in the future and that we'll spend money on maintaining roads that should have been fixed a long time ago," said State Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh.

In other areas, such as taxes, Democrats called the budget a failure.

"This budget is rigged against the working people of this state," said State Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha.

However, Republicans disagreed, and said they're proud of the budget.

"This is a better budget for the people of Wisconsin, it delivers on our priorities," said State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

"This budget cuts taxes, it eliminates the state property tax on your property tax bill," said Vos.

Democrats introduced more than a dozen amendments, all of which were rejected.

Once the budget passes the Assembly, it goes to the Senate.

However, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he isn't sure if he has the votes to pass it.

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