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State Assembly Passes Budget Bill

After an all night session, the State Assembly passed the state budget bill on a 50-48 vote on Saturday morning. All Republicans and two Democrats voted against the budget bill, while 49 Democrats and State Representative Jeff Wood (I - Chippewa Falls), voted for it.

The Assembly improved a few of the alarming non-fiscal policy items in the budget bill, including removing provisions relating to joint and several liability and restrictions on funding the Stillwater Bridge. However, the budget will raise taxes by $2.1 billion and includes millions in earmarks and non-fiscal policy items that will drive up the cost of living and doing business in Wisconsin. The bill now moves to the State Senate, where action is expected this week. I am working with my colleagues to build support for removing all earmarks and non-fiscal policy items in the budget bill.