How the state budget debate boils down right now


Wisconsin isn’t getting its state budget done on time. That’s largely because Gov. Walker and the state Senate disagree with the Assembly on how to pay for transportation needs. Or more precisely, they differ on whether to pay for what they spend now, versus pushing more of that cost into the future. > Wisconsin State Journal

Lawmakers will miss budget deadline as divide remains on transportation, taxes

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GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker can still make a respectable showing compared to the budgets passed by previous Legislatures and governors. But with no deal yet on transportation and taxes, it’s too late to pass a bill and get Walker to sign it before the state’s current budget runs out on June 30. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Senate Republicans propose more borrowing for roads, Assembly Republicans push back


A spokeswoman announced Wednesday that Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald supports borrowing $850 million for roads in the next budget, or $350 million more than Gov. Walker has proposed. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters that’s a non-starter without a long-term tax or fee to help pay off debt. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Progress on education funding, but transportation still an issue in budget negotiations

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An agreement on education funding may be in sight, but Wisconsin lawmakers still have a long road ahead before agreeing on the transportation budget. “I’m not thinking education will be that large of a stumbling block,” John Nygren told reporters last week. “I do think transportation will be a stumbling block.” > The Cap Times

Senate working on school funding plan that could break budget stalemate


With school funding being a sticking point in the stalled budget process, GOP senators announced they are working on a plan that could help low-spending rural school districts, as the Assembly plan aims to do, while also accommodating Walker’s target of holding the line on property taxes. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin’s Robin Vos and Paul Farrow meet with Trump on infrastructure

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow met Thursday with President Trump and White House officials as the administration emphasizes the importance of investing in transportation. The infrastructure summit involving state and local officials from across the country took place as Washington was consumed with the Senate testimony of ex-FBI Director James Comey. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Assembly’s K-12 funding plan hits immediate roadblock in Senate


Assembly leaders unveiled an education plan that cut Gov. Walker’s education spending plan by $90 million, but the idea was immediately rebuffed by their fellow Republicans in the Senate. It was the latest sign that work on the state budget is stalled, even though Republicans enjoy complete control of state government. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel