Foxconn praises Wisconsin passage of bill

17 September, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Wisconsin General Assembly Gives Green Light To Foxconn Deal

The Republican-controlled Assembly was expected to pass the measure Thursday afternoon, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker.

Debate on Wisconsin's delayed state budget is now underway in the Senate, with Republicans saying they have the votes needed to pass $76 billion spending plan. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he doesn't have enough votes to get the budget out of his chamber and ship it to Walker. Prevailing wage requirements, meanwhile, lay out a minimum wage for workers on state construction projects.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos declared their demands a "ransom note" and refused to consider amending the budget to make the changes. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), who co-chairs the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) speaking up in defense of the plan. At least three Republican senators are demanding major 11th-hour changes to the document, including prohibiting the University of Wisconsin System from spending on diversity training, dramatically raising the income eligibility limit for the statewide school voucher program and repealing the state prevailing wage within months. Steve Nass and Duey Stroebel released Wednesday.

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Among them: raise the income eligibility limit for the statewide voucher program to 300 percent of the federal poverty level; block the UW System from spending $4 million on "cultural fluency" training for students and faculty; require a local referendum to impose a wheel tax; and move up the repeal of the state's prevailing wage from September 2018 to January 1. The Senate doesn't plan to make any changes to the budget, either, Kapenga said. David Craig, of the Town of Vernon, voted in favor while all Democrats were against. It would end in September 2018 under the current version of the budget. "I think we can do better", Shilling said.

The governor has the ability to line-item veto parts of any bill, meaning he can take out parts of the budget that he doesn't like before signing the rest into law.

"All of us can walk away saying if the Legislature does nothing else this session we have accomplished our most important task", Vos said.

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Republicans have touted the budget as full of good news, pointing to provisions that would provide a 6 percent increase in funding for K-12 schools, a tuition freeze at UW campuses and a small property tax cut.

Republicans who joined Democrats in voting against it were Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, and Todd Novak, of Dodgeville.

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