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Central Wisconsin lawmakers slammed for voting against budget

Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink
71st District Rep. Katrina Shankland (D) Stevens Point
Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two central Wisconsin lawmakers who may have saved a local business are now being accused of going back on that deed when they voted against the state budget.

Amy Sue Vruwink of Milladore and Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point joined all of their Democratic colleagues Wednesday in rejecting a two-year, $70 billion package passed by majority Republicans.

The two Democrats, plus Wisconsin Rapids Republican Scott Krug, recently added a budget item that could allow Skyward of Stevens Point to keep providing student databases for Wisconsin schools.

That’s a pebble in the 1,400 page budget – and lawmakers had to vote either yes or no to the whole thing.

Democrats slammed the GOP for cutting taxes and boosting conservative causes while not doing enough to help the economy and education.

However, Portage County Republican party chairman Patrick Testin said Vruwink and Shankland had to decide what’s most important back home. He said the chance to preserve hundreds of jobs should have taken precedence over partisan politics.

The Senate votes on the new state budget Thursday.

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