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2011, 14 Sep 17

Assembly Passes Budget. Senate Conservatives Hold Out.


The Assembly tonight passed the state budget 57-39, with five Republicans joining all Dems in opposing it.

It now heads to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future as Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he doesn’t have the 17 votes he needs to pass it and three Senate Republicans circulate a list of demanded changes.

The Assembly vote came after nearly 11 hours of debate, the rejection of 19 Dem amendments and the adoption of a GOP amendment that makes what the authors call “technical” changes, including deleting a provision requiring DOT to install a railroad gate crossing in Winnebago County.

But in the end, Reps. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha; Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls; Bob Gannon, R-West Bend; Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake; and Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, all voted against the budget.

Good for my rep, Bob Gannon, for voting against this. This is not the kind of budget we expect from a Republican government. We don’t just want “well, it’s better than the Democrats would do.” We want a budget that actually moves the needle toward a better Wisconsin.

And good for my Senator, Duey Stroebel, for being one of the senators holding out for a more conservative budget. It’s almost frustrating because I can’t call and yell at my elected officials. They are already doing the right thing!

Three Senate Republicans are demanding a series of changes to the budget to win over their votes, including raising the income limit for the statewide school choice program and banning UW from spending money on diversity, sensitivity and cultural fluency training.

The three — Sens. Chris Kapenga, of Delafield; Steve Nass, of Whitewater; and Duey Stroebel, of Saukville — also want to move up the planned repeal of the prevailing wage on state projects to Jan. 1 rather than Sept. 1, 2018, and to delete language the Joint Finance Committee added to the budget that would pre-empt local regulations of quarries that produce material for road and construction work.


2011, 14 September 2017


  1. dad29

    On second thought, Vos’ problem is not a popcorn-crop failure.

    His problem is that he’s the second coming of Orange Boehner:  a Big-Gummint dinosaur-leftover.

    Too bad that Big Gummint is about to disappear, eh?

  2. billphoto

    Doyle increased taxes $2 billion; Walker has cut taxes $1 billion.  Cut another $1 billion and ban Amendment 999 and I will call my Senator and Representative to change their vote.

  3. Rep Bob Gannon

    No need to call then Bill, I would vote for a budget that even held spending growth to the rate of inflation. Then regulatory reforms could be used to make our economy continue to grow, and then voila, a budget within our means and a fabulous state economy.

  4. billphoto

    Rep Bob – OK, but I still owe you a beer.  Least I can do for representing our interests.

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