MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Hundreds of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ priorities, including legalizing marijuana, raising $1 billion in taxes and expanding collective bargaining rights, have been killed by the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee.
Lawmakers are taking their first votes Thursday in writing the next state budget. Republicans essentially scrapped the Democratic governor’s entire two-year proposal.
They instead are building off the current budget, The Joint Finance Committee voted to remove nearly 400 of Evers’ proposals. Evers, in a Thursday letter to Republican leaders, called gutting his budget “ill-advised.”
Republicans say they are also eyeing a tax cut.