Wisconsin Senate to debate state budget Thursday following quick Assembly passage

  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 2:50 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate plans to debate the state budget on Thursday, and Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says no changes are planned.

Fitzgerald said Wednesday he thinks there are enough Republican votes in the Senate to pass it in its current form. Republicans hold an 18-15 majority, but some moderates have raised concerns with the expansion of private school vouchers and other elements.

The Assembly passed the budget Wednesday after only about 90 minutes of discussion. Democrats decided against offering any amendments or prolonging debate, saying there was no point since Republicans weren't going to accept changes.

Fitzgerald says he expects the budget to pass Thursday after about 10 or 12 hours of debate. He says he is working with Senate Democrats on parameters of the debate.

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