Assembly Passes Budget; Heads to Governor Walker

The state Assembly sent the two-year $72.7 billion state budget to Gov. Scott Walker early Thursday, giving him just enough time to sign it before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday.

The budget passed 52-46, with 11 Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the budget.  The budget was not changed from what the state Senate passed 18-15 Tuesday.

The Assembly Republicans voting against the budget were Kathleen Bernier of Chippewa Falls, Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, James Edming of Glen Flora, David Heaton of Wausau, Scott Krug of Nekoosa, Lee Nerison of Westby, Todd Novak of Dodgeville, Warren Petryk of Eleva, Keith Ripp of Lodi, Travis Tranel of Cuba City and Nancy VanderMeer of Tomah.

Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) was absent.

Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Allouez) joined all Democrats in voting against the budget in the Senate after criticizing provisions that have nothing to do with the state’s finances.

Walker aides wouldn’t say when or where the budget will be signed until it passes, but the Republican governor has repeatedly said he wants the budget finished before he formally kicks off his White House bid.

Now that the budget has passed, Walker will have just four days to decide how to use his partial veto pen, which is the most powerful in the nation.  The WASB is compiling a letter to Governor Walker regarding vetoes that we will share here when completed.

Read More: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Appleton Post CrescentAssociated Press