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Senate Passes State Budget, Focus Moves to Recalls

The state Senate voted 19-14 to adopt the 2011-13 state budget over the shouts of protestors.

After hours of emotional debate Thursday, the state Senate approved the state biennial budget, prompting praise by Gov. Scott Walker and vows by opponents to recall supporters.

The vote at 10 p.m. was along party lines, 19-14.

Immediately after the vote, Walker released a statement, saying, "I am proud of the work done by the Legislature, which passed a budget today that isn’t built on accounting gimmicks, use of one time money for ongoing expenses, or tax increases.

"The budget approved by the Legislature is an honest document that balances Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion budget deficit so that our children and grandchildren aren’t saddled with mountains of debt in the future," the governor said.

Opponents shouted protests as the roll call vote began, but the Majority Speaker told them to keep calling the roll even though some senators' votes could not be heard.

The focus now shifts to the recalls of nine lawmakers, six Republicans and three Democrats. 

Michael Pyter June 19, 2011 at 05:02 PM
First, unions had their day and have since evolved into are legalized extortion. Wouldn't the world be a better place if those Dems in unions would think for themselves instead of letting the unions think for them and then stoke them into a frenzy over issues that have more to do with the unions own profitability/survival than the welfare of their forced membership? Doyle had his term and the unions prospered. Walker deserves his full term and I believe that is what the unions fear most, he will further expose their outdated and unacceptable raid on our tax dollars as if it was just another of their own bulging accounts. What do union members have to fear from pay for performance? Accountability? That's rhetorical, I was in a union, I already know.
Duane Michalski June 20, 2011 at 12:22 AM
First of all, the schools are not gutted!! Next bail bondsmen in urban areas like Racine and Milwaukee may not be such a bad thing. As far as the tax credit, it is still there, $2,000.00 instead of $2,500.00...thats hardly going to send them packing. It is still in the top 3 nationwide for free money to those who don't pay taxes anyhow. Please if your going to spew talking points, at least have the facts!! School choice ids a great thing!
Duane Michalski June 20, 2011 at 12:24 AM
ummm dave...we live in Caledonia, not her district. We can't vote for her!! Buy a map!!
Nate June 21, 2011 at 01:53 AM
I'm in her district. Looks like Patch posts the same content on all the "local" sites.
Desiree Erickson June 21, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Notty - Darling just voted to exempt researchers from animal cruelty laws (see State Budget, line 22 of the Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 40). Darling is also responsible, along with her Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair, of slipping a measure in to the State Budget that requires the City of Milwaukee to pay most fired police officers until all their appeals have been exhausted or they have been charged with certain crimes. So maybe Darling does hate puppies and likes to waste tax dollars on supporting dirty cops.

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