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Budget panel begins debate


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – The two Republicans who chair the state Legislature’s finance committee vowed today to re-write the proposed budget without raising taxes or cutting vital services.

Robin Vos and Alberta Darling made the promise today, as they kicked off weeks of meetings to review Governor Scott Walker’s spending proposals.

As always, the most controversial decisions will come at the end of their review – just before lawmakers vote on the two-year package. That includes the plan to scale back the Senior-Care prescription drug program – splitting the U-W Madison campus from the rest of the university system – and including limits on public union collective bargaining which are now tied up in the courts.

The finance panel will try to arrange those votes by mid-June, so the budget can take effect July first as scheduled.