Wisconsin GOP lawmakers can't agree on state budget issues

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And the Joint Finance Committee may meet next week - but then again, it might not. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said state senators also are "locked in" to make it happen. And he backed a Senate bill to overhaul oil and gas tax credits. The "it", of course, is the state biennial budget.

The plan, released one day after GOP leaders acknowledged negotiations over the state budget had all but reached a stalemate, would direct an additional $92 million in revenue limit authority for school districts that spend less than most others and an additional $30 million for the state's general schools funding mechanism than what Gov. Scott Walker proposed in his own spending plan. The Assembly has put forward alternative transportation and education proposals.

The Senate majority declined immediate comment on Walker's plan.

"We will continue to look for ways to support low spending districts, but a proposal that raises property taxes, and picks winners and losers within our school districts is a move away from the position of both the governor and the Senate Republican caucus", Fitzgerald said in a statement. "Any time, any place, anywhere", said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester.

The Assembly Republicans also proposed getting rid of Walker's requirement in his state budget proposal to tie the new funding to whether a district is requiring its staff to pay at least 12 percent toward health care costs. Walker cast doubt Monday on whether he would support that plan.

Administration officials say details of a potential government shutdown will be available later this week.

Dispatching key lawmakers to sell an education package wouldn't seem to bode well for the prospects of the Joint Finance Committee getting back to business next week. The project was originally scheduled to wrap up in 2018, but now won't be finished until 2019.

"So my hope is, in the end we'll get a budget that's closer to where we're at", Walker said. Fitzgerald and JFC co-chair Sen.

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However, he added, he had not heard from the White House about the Comey hearing as of midday Tuesday. His response was typically curt: "I said I have not had a discussion with him on the question".

He said it would affect "registration of cars, selling houses, marriage certificates, death certificates - I mean, all sorts of things that we take for granted", he said. "Really, for those who are able to work we should enable them to get back in the work force".

Assembly Republicans planned to discuss their education proposal on Tuesday. He said those were cutting property taxes, paying for roads without a tax increase, increasing funding for K-12 schools and reshaping Medicaid, including requiring drug tests for childless adult applicants.

"It's not about us versus them".

The Assembly plan also budgets less money per pupil.

Republican state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is rejecting an education-funding plan offered by fellow Republicans in the Assembly. It would be unprecedented. "I submitted a compromise because I didn't see one".

"This is certainly about as bad as I've ever seen it", said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. But if the budget committee doesn't meet as hoped on Thursday, "we're in a rougher spot than I thought we were".

Senate Democrats, you'll recall, hit the road in 2011 during the debate over Walker's Act 10 government reform plan.

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