State Assembly begins debate on budgetWisconsin Legislature
-- The Wisconsin State Assembly started debate this afternoon on the proposed new state budget – and a protestor was removed from the chamber early on.
MADISON - The Wisconsin State Assembly started debate this afternoon on the proposed new state budget – and a protestor was removed from the chamber early on.
Joint Finance Chairman Robin Vos (R-Burlington) began speaking about the budget when a woman in the front row of the gallery shouted a speech. She said Republicans refused to listen to others or negotiate when they crafted the new budget – and therefore, she felt her actions were fair game. The State Patrol didn’t agree, though, and troopers carried her out.
Earlier today, Vos said a proposal to expand state-funded private school vouchers to Green Bay was dropped from the budget. He said there was not enough support among the majority Assembly Republicans. He also said federal funding for rural Internet service would stay in the package. That’s after the finance panel removed it earlier this month. The two-year, $66-billion-dollar budget heavily reduces state aid to schools and local governments. It also cuts various social programs with a goal of eliminating not only the deficit for the next two years, but deferred spending that causes deficits in future years. The budget also includes various business tax breaks aimed at creating jobs and spurring economic growth.
Opponents say the budget hurts those most vulnerable, and raises taxes and fees too much. They brought amendments to today’s debate.