Top GOP state lawmaker: ‘Roads in Illinois are much better’ than Wisconsin’s I-94 near Foxconn

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Illinois is doing a better job than Wisconsin of maintaining the heavily traveled I-94 that runs through both states, said Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s budget-writing committe. She made the comments Thursday to argue spending millions of federal dollars to improve the freeway. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Despite potential roadblocks, Darling confident school safety, Lincoln Hills bills will pass

The state Senate has a lot on its to-do list before the session ends, including Gov. Walker’s school safety package, a solution for Lincoln Hills and a $100 child tax credit. Though there’s disagreement between the Senate and Assembly, Sen. Alberta Darling professed no doubts it will all get done. > Cap Times

State Journal calls out Republicans for backtracking on their commitment to a clean state budget

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Back in April, we congratulated the Legislature’s finance committee for responsibly purging all non-fiscal policy from Gov. Walker’s state budget request. So much for that. The budget now heading to Walker’s desk is stuffed with dozens of non-fiscal policy decisions — some of them controversial and confusing — without public hearings or proper vetting. > Wisconsin State Journal

Budget committee co-chair aims for Senate Foxconn vote week of Sept. 14

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Budget committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) told reporters it could be another three weeks before the state Senate votes on legislation clearing the way for a $3 billon incentive package for Foxconn as lawmakers try to balance work on the bill with the state budget that is yet to be completed. > Biz Times Milwaukee

Legislature’s budget committee to resume voting this week

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After a two-month break, the Legislature’s budget-writing committee plans to resume work on the state’s spending plan this week. Committee co-chairs announced the panel will meet Thursday to vote on some remaining issues, although the agenda does not call for a vote on transportation funding, the biggest unresolved issue. The committee last met June 15. > Fox 11 WLUK

Committee rejects Walker’s tax credit for post-foster care youth, pledges to find better strategy

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The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee this week rejected Gov. Walker’s budget proposal to create a refundable tax credit for young adults that have aged out of the foster care system, but the committee’s Republican leaders said more work will be done to figure out how best to serve that population.  >  The Cap Times

Committee’s idea to separate budget and roads funding goes over like lead balloon

The Republican leaders of the Legislature’s budget-writing committee are open to considering transportation funding as a separate bill from the biennial budget, they said Thursday — but the idea met immediate resistance from both Gov. Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.  >  The Cap Times