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Republicans to scrap Evers' priorities, start writing budget

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Posted at 9:47 AM, May 06, 2021

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' priorities, including legalizing marijuana, raising $1 billion in taxes and expanding collective bargaining rights, are slated to be killed by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee.

Lawmakers are taking their first votes Thursday in writing the next state budget. Republicans intend to essentially scrap the Democratic governor's entire two-year proposal and instead build off the current budget.

The Joint Finance Committee will vote to remove nearly 400 of Evers’ proposals. Evers, in a Thursday letter to Republican leaders, called their plans to gut his budget “ill-advised.”

Republicans say they are also eyeing a tax cut.

The Legislature will likely vote on the budget sometime in June or early July.

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