Economic slowdown could lurk ahead, Wisconsin officials warn

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As the Legislature considers a $2.85 billion deal to land Foxconn, top Republicans are calling for setting aside more cash in the state budget, acknowledging the possibility of an economic slowdown ahead. So far, leaders haven’t indicated how much extra cash they want to sock away, saying only that they want to be careful. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin GOP responses to Trump: Gallagher and Steineke pointed; Walker, Johnson and Ryan indirect; Vos and Fitzgerald silent.

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While Sen. Ron Johnson, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker condemned the Charlottesville violence without citing Trump’s name, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher and state Rep. Jim Steineke came out far more pointedly against Trump’s failure. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have made no public comment. > La Crosse Tribune

Despite fiscal warning, legislature plans to move ahead with Foxconn deal

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Wisconsin lawmakers are preparing to move forward on the $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had been the most reticent Republican leader about the deal, but changed his tone late last week, signaling he’s ready to move forward and tossing aside previous statements about the overdue state budget taking precedence. > NPR

Wisconsin Senate leader says Foxconn votes may be lacking

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Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald expressed concerns about specifics of the Foxconn deal Wednesday, saying he’s unsure he has the votes to pass the incentives package. Meanwhile, Assembly Republicans plan a first vote on the package next week, with Speaker Vos tweeting he wants the Legislature to pass the plan by Labor Day. > AP News / ABC

Wisconsin GOP split on what needs to come first: Foxconn bill or approved budget

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Republican lawmakers are split over how to move forward with a plan to send $3 billion in incentives to electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, as questions surfaced about how the plan would affect the next state budget that is a month overdue. > Wisconsin State Journal

State senate proposal has school districts paying large share of vouchers funding

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A plan proposed by Senate Republicans Tuesday would spend $580 million on the Milwaukee, Racine and Statewide Parental Choice programs over the next two years. But more than a third would be paid for with cuts to the affected districts, who’d have to reduce budgets or increase taxes to fill the holes. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Budget saga continues: Assembly, Senate leaders still divided

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Aiming to land a deal with Foxconn likely drove Gov. Walker last week to extend a deal to Republican lawmakers bickering over how to wrap up an overdue state budget, offering to use $200 million slated for tax cuts to instead pay for roads projects. While Assembly Republicans accepted, Senate Republicans haven’t gotten on board. > Wisconsin State Journal