Wis. budget panel struggles with schools, roads

May 27, 2011 7:03:57 AM PDT
The Wisconsin Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee is still trying to reach a deal on two of the biggest parts of Gov. Scott Walker's two year spending plan -- schools and roads.

The Joint Finance Committee planned to take the issues up on Thursday but instead set a previously unplanned meeting for Friday to vote on how much to cut schools and how much to increase funding for road repairs.

Walker is proposing cutting general school aids by 8.4 percent while he wants to increase funding for roads by nearly 15 percent.

Education lobbyists have been urging Walker to use some of the $636 million in new revenue to lessen the cut to schools, but the governor hasn't committed to that.


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