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Finance committee to consider requiring all high school students take ACT

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state budget measure that’s being considered Tuesday would make all high school students take the ACT college entrance exam during their junior years.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee will decide whether to recommend the mandate.

Governor Scott Walker and state school Superintendent Tony Evers want 11th graders to take the ACT and the Work Keys exam that evaluates job skills. Those tests would replace the long-running WKCE achievement exam starting in the 2014-15 school year.

The state would pay the $50 cost of taking the ACT.

Also Tuesday, the finance panel will consider a budget proposal to make state employees pay $50 more for health insurance if they smoke.

The Republican Walker says the fee is necessary because smokers have 35 percent higher health care costs than non-smokers. Officials have not said how they would identify those who leave their smokes away from the office.