MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday on three bills to spend most of the projected billion-dollar surplus in the current state budget.
Majority Republicans in the lower house are expected to pass Governor Scott Walker's $504 million plan to cut property and income taxes, despite reservations in the Senate.
Also, a last minute amendment from De Pere Republican Andre Jacque would give a sales tax break to construction firms when they build schools and churches.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says it would take $20 million from the surplus. A committee was told last week it would only cost $6 million.
The other two bills would devote $35 million of the surplus for training workers and help the disabled find jobs -- and another $43 million to speed up 11 road and bridge projects that were slated to begin in the next fiscal year.
Monday, Walker's main election opponent -- Democrat Mary Burke -- again called his tax cut plan "irresponsible" and uses money the state doesn't have.
Burke said she would spend more to pay down the state's debt. And she would address a Medicaid shortfall and almost $1 billion in funding needs for road projects.
Walker again said economic growth would wipe out the projected structural deficit in the next budget -- and his projections are, "the most conservative of numbers."
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)