Daily Bread for 5.18.23: Wisconsin Assembly Passes Revised Shared Revenue Bill

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Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 74. Sunrise is 5:28 AM and sunset 8:14 PM for 14h 45m 57s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 1.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets at 5:30 PM

On this day in 1756, the Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.

Baylor Spears reports on the state budget bill in Assembly passes revised shared revenue bill after hours of delay and debate (‘Speaker Vos says Assembly Republicans are “done negotiating”’):

Assembly Republicans announced several last-minute changes to their local government funding plans Wednesday afternoon, including a bump in the payments that local governments would receive and some slight changes to other requirements they would need to meet. 

Just hours later, Assembly Republicans passed the amended bill, AB-245, despite the governor’s statement earlier in the day that there is more negotiation to come on the measure and a call from Democrats for the bill to be sent back to committee. Senate Republicans also have not signed on yet.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said his caucus will not accept any more changes and that they’ve worked on it in “good faith” for several months. He said the changes made Wednesday were meant to address concerns raised by Gov. Tony Evers. 

“Everybody has to take their own position, but we are done negotiating,” Vos said while standing alongside his caucus outside of the Capitol. “We are not going to take changes. We are not going to change the bill substantially. Before us is the deal that we are going to send to our colleagues in the state Senate.” 

In a floor session that stretched past 8 p.m., the bill passed 56-36 with Republicans Reps. Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego), Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) and Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) voting with Democrats against it. 

Under the new proposal, almost all local governments would receive a minimum increase of 15% in existing county and municipal aid, instead of the 10% initially proposed, a change Vos said was requested by Evers. Milwaukee would still get the minimum 10% increase. 

See also from 5.12.23 Shared Revenue Changes Advance.

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