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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

 2:29 PM 

Assembly passes Walker's tax cut plan

The Assembly has passed a revised version of Gov. Scott Walker's tax cut plan on a 61-35 vote, with Dem Reps. Stephen Smith from Shell Lake, Nick Milroy from South Range and Amy Sue Vruwink from Milladore voting with Republicans. The bill now heads to Walker's desk for his signature.

Before passage, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the $500 million in property and income tax relief would produce significant savings for Wisconsin taxpayers. 

"What a great day, because we finally get an opportunity to give the people of Wisconsin their money back," Vos said.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and other Democrats said their substitute amendment provided more help to Wisconsin residents and that the GOP was not doing citizens a service with their version of the bill. Democrats also indicated they would attempt to take up the minimum wage increase on the floor.

"People on this side of the aisle care much more deeply than you do about the middle class and the home owners," Barca said.

Barca also spent his time talking about the oral chemotherapy bill, which passed the Senate today on a 30-2 vote. He said he believed the Assembly would support the bill by a wide margin and expose the "two or three extremists" who couldn't support it.

Barca said he waited for the bill's Assembly co-author, Assembly Majority Leader Pat Strachota, to return to the chamber. However, Strachota left the chamber following initial resolutions that were taken up in the Assembly.


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