State Budget

Milwaukee’s mayor says it’s almost as if the state budget goes out of its way to harm the city.

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Gov. Scott Walker has signed a new two-year, $68 billion budget. It includes a $650 million income tax cut, expands private school vouchers, rejects a federal expansion of Medicaid and bans existing residency rules.

Gov. Walker could wipe out Milwaukee’s long-standing residency requirement this weekend.

Wisconsin Att. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen is not pleased with several provisions fellow Republicans tucked inside the proposed 2013-15 state budget.


After hours of debate, following weeks of debate, the Wisconsin State Senate yesterday passed a proposed biennial budget for the state. 

Wisconsin's State Capitol

Gov. Walker is expressing satisfaction with the budget the Legislature has approved. Lawmakers made several changes to the governor's initial plan.

The state Senate has sent Governor Walker a $68 billion spending plan for Wisconsin for 2013-15.

Wisconsin's State Capitol
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The state Assembly Wednesday advanced a budget for Wisconsin. The votes in favor were all Republican. Democrats voted against the package, with three GOP Assemblymen joining the opposition.


The state Assembly quickly finished its work Wednesday, on Wisconsin's proposed 2013-15 state budget, after Democrats decided not to offer amendments.

The plan totals $70 billion and, among other provisions, would:

-- cut income taxes by $650 million

-- expand the school voucher program statewide

-- concur with Gov. Walker to reject federal money to expand the state Medicaid program to all households living at up to 130% of the federal poverty level. Instead, the state will cover those with incomes at or below 100% of the poverty line

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The state Assembly was supposed to put in a day-long session Tuesday debating the budget, but ended up only deliberating for 15 minutes.


A venture capital bill is on its way to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.

A non-partisan state government agency is predicting a possible budget shortfall in the next cycle.

The state Senate has approved major changes to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance program. Tuesday’s vote fell along party lines. Republicans approved the legislation; Democrats opposed it. The changes include higher weekly payments and a requirement that participants apply for four jobs a week, rather than two. The bill also eliminates instances when people can quit jobs and receive unemployment and gives the state access to personal bank accounts – if the fund pays an individual too much. Democrat Lena Taylor fought the banking provision.


Republican legislators have not been walking in lockstep this time, with Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget.


A group of GOP state lawmakers sent a letter to legislative leaders on Thursday, saying they cannot support the proposed state budget, in its current form.