Update: Wisconsin Budget Action Thursday
Among items the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approved Thursday:
-- Freeze UW System tuition for two years and cut funding to the system by $94 million
-- Delay freeway work in Milwaukee, cut funding for the Zoo Interchange reconstruction, scale back road aid to local governments
-- Remove from the budget, Gov. Walker's plan to exempt rent-to-own businesses from consumer protection laws
-- Require police to seize DNA from people arrested for felonies, certain misdemeanors and everyone convicted of crimes
-- Erase Gov. Walker's plan to allow GPS monitoring of people under restraining orders
-- Allow state Justice Dept. to move its Milwaukee crime lab out of the city
-- Reduce fee for gun purchaser background checks from $13 to $10
-- Delete Gov. Walker's plan to create a solicitor general's office to handle complex state cases and appeals
Republicans control the budget committee, with a 12-4 advantage over Democrats.
After the panel finishes revising the governor's proposed budget, the package will go to the Assembly and Senate.