Wisconsin Senate unanimously approves bill to replace millions in delayed union savings

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 14, 2011 - 7:48 PM

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill that reworks the state's finances to account for delays in savings from Gov. Scott Walker's union law.

The bill passed the Senate Tuesday unanimously and now heads to Walker since it previously cleared the Assembly.

Updated revenue projections have shown the state will collect about $636 million more than planned. The measure taps $235 million of that to repay money taken from a patients' compensation fund to help balance the state budget in 2007.

The proposal also lowers by $80 million how much state agencies would have to cut by July. It moves up by one month some $147 million in payments to health care providers under the state's Medicaid program in order to capture $23 million in a higher federal matching rate.

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