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New state budget: ‘Historic tax relief’ or financial risk?


Local lawmakers’ response to the Wisconsin Legislature’s adoption of a new biennial budget seems subdued with the area’s lone Democratic representative hoping that the governor will veto parts.

On a vote of 55-42, the Assembly passed the budget in short order last Wednesday, June 19, after Democrats decided not to offer any amendments or prolong debate. Minority Leader Peter Barca was quoted as saying the spending plan is so bad there was no hope of fixing it.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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