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Republicans call Evers plan 'liberal wish list'

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Posted at 9:12 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 22:12:44-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican legislative leaders say Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' budget is a "liberal wish list" with no chances of passing as proposed.

Evers proposed a host of ideas that Republicans have long opposed, including tax increases and a Medicaid expansion.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald calls it a "thousand page press release" that's the "greatest hits" of the Democratic Party.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos calls the budget a "liberal tax and spend wish list."

Evers calls it "the people's budget" that reflects what he heard people wanted.

Republicans say they hope to find areas where they can compromise, but they intend to write their own alternative budget.

Lawmakers will spend the next several months rewriting the plan.