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Legislative Panel Removes 21 Non-Fiscal Items from Budget Proposal


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The Legislature’s finance committee has removed 21 items from the proposed state budget that have nothing to do with state spending.

They were among 46 non-fiscal measures discovered by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

One item that was dropped would have ended the requirement that health insurers cover contraceptives. Another measure would have dropped licensing requirements for charter school teachers.

Finance co-chairs Alberta Darling and Robin Vos say those measures and 19 others should be considered as separate bills instead. They were among 46 non-fiscal items discovered by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Governor Scott Walker’s office defended those measures, saying they do have a fiscal impact. Spokesman Cullen Werwie said the governor would continue to work with lawmakers on a final budget that balances the books without raising taxes.

Governors of both parties have tried to put policy items into budgets, assuming they would have a better chance of passing.