Assembly passes state budget after 11 hours of debate


Assembly Republicans passed the state budget late Wednesday night after a 10-week delay, sending the $76 billion spending plan to a Senate chamber paralyzed by GOP infighting. The Assembly passed the bill 57-39 after 11 hours of debate. The Senate must pass an identical document before it can go to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk. > WISN Milwaukee

Senate plans to take up state budget Friday without votes to pass it


The state Senate is scheduled to take up the months-overdue state spending plan Friday morning even though its Republican leader is still one vote shy of being able to pass it. Four Republican senators from conservative counties surrounding Milwaukee remain opposed to the 2017-19 state budget Assembly lawmakers passed on Wednesday. > Wisconsin State Journal

Scott Fitzgerald won’t run for U.S. Senate in 2018, backs Leah Vukmir instead


State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has ruled out a bid for U.S. Senate in 2018, throwing his support to his GOP legislative colleague, Sen. Leah Vukmir, who he said is best-positioned to oust U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Fitzgerald, Senate Majority Leader since 2011, had publicly weighed whether to jump into the race. > Wisconsin State Journal

Walker says there’s a budget deal ‘in principle,’ but GOP lawmakers say no deal yet

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Speaking to reporters in Madison Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker said there is agreement “in principle” to end the impasse on the state’s overdue budget. But hours later, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said sticking points, such as how to fund roads and schools and cut taxes, remain unresolved.  > Wisconsin State Journal

Economic slowdown could lurk ahead, Wisconsin officials warn


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.


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


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