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Republican Wis. Senator Vows to Vote Against GOP-Crafted Budget

Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) plans to vote against the budget plan crafted by members of his own party. Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) plans to vote against the budget plan crafted by members of his own party. |  Photo: Wisconsin Legislature

Created: June 19, 2019 10:55 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Republican Wisconsin state senator says he will vote against the budget that was written by fellow Republicans, leaving the GOP with only one vote to spare in the Senate.

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Sen. Steve Nass, of Whitewater, said Wednesday that he will not support the state budget as written by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee. The panel approved the budget last week and it's scheduled to be taken up by the Assembly on Tuesday, with the Senate to follow.

Republicans hold a 19-14 majority in the Senate, meaning they can lose only two votes and still have enough GOP backing to approve the budget. Nass is part of a contingent of hard-line conservatives who speak out against spending increases.

Nass says one of his objections is the 5.6% spending increase under the two-year budget plan.

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