The Latest: Vos says no budget deal yet
Aug. 22, 2017
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin state budget (all times local):
Republican lawmakers are still trying to reach a deal on Wisconsin's late budget, even though Gov. Scott Walker says they have an agreement "in principle."
Republican legislative leaders met privately again Tuesday to discuss outstanding remaining items that have held up passage of a budget deal for six weeks.
Republicans have said many times in recent months that they were close to a budget deal only to find themselves unable to agree on the final outstanding issues.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says after meeting with his Senate counterpart Sen. Scott Fitzgerald that talks are ongoing.
Vos says the budget is "not a done deal." Vos says, "I wouldn't say we have we have an agreement, we have ideas."
The budget was due July 1.
The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee says the framework of a deal to end a state budget impasse would include a new fee on electric vehicles amount to about $100 a year and include around $400 million in additional borrowing to pay for roads.
Rep. Jon Nygren said Tuesday that details of the agreement were still being worked out. He says one area that remains unresolved is how much to loosen the income eligibility cut-off to participate in the statewide private school voucher program.
Gov. Scott Walker says a deal has been reached "in principle" and he expects the Legislature to approve the budget by mid-September. Nygren says he agrees with that timeline.
Nygren says the deal would cut the personal property tax paid by businesses by about $73 million, but not eliminate it.
Gov. Scott Walker says he and Republicans who control the Legislature have reached a deal "in principle" over transportation funding and other issues to end an impasse that's held up passage of the state budget.
Walker said Tuesday that the deal does not include any gas tax or vehicle registration fee increases. He also says there will be a reduction in the personal property tax favored by the state's business community, but not a full repeal.
Walker says the tentative deal should be approved by the Legislature's budget committee sometime in the next two weeks and clear the Legislature by mid-September.
Walker says the budget deal will move through the Legislature concurrently with a bill extending $3 billion in tax incentives for electronics manufacturer Foxconn.