Senate Approves State Budget Bill With Gov. Walker Veto Deal

Updated: The state Senate voted 19-14 to pass the state budget and send it to Gov. Walker after he agreed to certain vetoes to gain the support of Senate GOP holdouts Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville).

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Senators had been scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday to vote on final passage but recessed shortly after the opening gavel as it became apparent that majority Republicans were short of the votes needed to pas the bill.  Top aides to Gov. Scott Walker reportedly huddled with the holdout senators during the three-hour recess to resolve the standoff, with much of the discussion reportedly focused on transportation funding issues.

The goal had been to pass the budget by June 30, but disputes over transportation funding and the urgency to pass the Foxconn bill led to two-and-a-half month delay.

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) completed its budget work on Sept. 6.  All the budget motions adopted by JFC were incorporated into Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 64, which replaces the entire original budget bill (Assembly Bill 64).

The Assembly passed the budget on Sept. 13, sending it over to the Senate.  With the Senate now expected to pass the budget, the bill will head to Gov. Scott Walker for his review and signature and,  possibly, some partial vetoes, perhaps within the next week.