Wisconsin Assembly prepares to debate state budget a day late

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 15, 2011 - 4:02 AM

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to begin debate of Gov. Scott Walker's two-year budget on Thursday morning, after it delayed the start Wednesday evening.

Republican leaders say they needed hours more to draft amendments. Democrats agreed with the move.

The Legislature hopes to pass the budget by the end of the week. The Senate is taking it up on Thursday.

Democrats say Walker's $66 billion spending plan hurts the middle class through massive cuts to public education and other changes. Republicans say it's a responsible plan that makes the tough choices necessary to plug a $3 billion budget shortfall.

About 2,500 protesters showed up at the Capitol on Tuesday to speak out about several parts of the plan.

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