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Wisconsin Senate Set to Take Final State Budget Votes

The Wisconsin Senate is set to take the final votes on the next state budget. The Wisconsin Senate is set to take the final votes on the next state budget. | 

Associated Press
Updated: June 26, 2019 10:10 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Senate is set to take the final votes on the next state budget.

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The Wisconsin senator who holds the key vote on the state budget says he will vote for the spending plan, clearing the way for passage.
    
Assembly Republicans passed the $81 billion two-year spending plan late Tuesday evening. The Senate is expected to take it up Wednesday. Passage would send the document on to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who can sign it, veto it or use his partial veto powers to make changes.
    
Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the Senate but a group of fiscal hawks in the GOP caucus don't support the budget.
    
Sens. Steve Nass and Dave Craig have said they won't vote for the budget because it spends too much. Sen. Chris Kapenga says he's not sure if he'll vote for the spending plan. If Republicans lose Kapenga they'd fall one vote short of passage.

Republicans inserted language in the budget Tuesday to appease Kapenga. The provisions would allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open dealerships in Wisconsin. Kapenga owns a business that sells Tesla parts and salvaged electric vehicles.
    
Kapenga said at a news conference minutes before the Senate was set to convene that he has decided to vote for the budget. He stressed that he rebuilds Teslas as a hobby and sells the leftover parts. He says his endeavors don't yield any profits.

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