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.