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BREAKING: Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee shuts down Evers proposals

UPDATE (WKOW) — The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee today rejected 131 policy items from Gov. Tony Ever’s proposed state budget.

The vote was 11-4 with one member absent.

The vote puts the brakes on numerous proposals that Evers ran on in his successful bid for governor. They could be brought up separately in the Legislature, but with Republicans controlling both houses, passage appears unlikely.

A Republican budget could face similar peril down the road.

The Joint Finance Committee will eventually have to write its own spending plan, but that budget could eventually be vetoed when it reaches the governor’s desk.

The proposals voted down include an expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin, automatic voter registration, drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, minimum wage and legalization of medical marijuana, among the higher profile proposals.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans are preparing to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The vote Thursday in the Legislature’s budget committee comes as Republicans begin dismantling the Evers spending plan to create their own version to approve later this summer.

Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the public is on their side in support of expanding Medicaid. They ran on their promise to expand Medicaid and believe their victories in 2018 were due in large part to that position. Polls also show broad public support.

But Republican legislative leaders aren’t bending from their long-held opposition, even as some GOP lawmakers have publicly talked about trying to find a compromise.

Photo via Rep. John Nygren on Twitter

Briggs LeSavage

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