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Budget Heads to Evers’ Desk After Clearing the Senate

By John Forester | July 1, 2021

From WisPolitics.com …

The state budget is now before Gov. Tony Evers after it cleared the Senate on a bipartisan vote.

Three Dems joined all 20 Republicans last night in backing the bill. The massive bill drew four Dem votes in the Assembly.

The Senate Dems who supported the bill were: Minority Leader Janet Bewley, of Mason; Brad Pfaff, of Onalaska; and Jeff Smith, of Brunswick. None spoke before the vote to explain their support.

After the vote, Bewley and Pfaff told WisPolitics.com they were hoping Evers would use his line-item veto to improve the document. Bewley said she had received no assurances from the guv on what he would do, but was operating under the assumption he will use his line-item veto and then sign the budget.

“I really believe in the governor’s ability to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” Bewley said. “Some of us have to pay attention to our districts.”

Pfaff, elected to his western Wisconsin seat last fall by 582 votes out of more than 97,000 cast, said: “This isn’t the budget that I would have written if I was in the majority. But this is the budget that’s before us.”

It is the first time since 2007 that a budget cleared either house of the Legislature with bipartisan backing.

That year Republicans controlled the Assembly while Dems had the state Senate and guv’s office. The budget was delayed until October when a group of minority Dems and Assembly Republicans worked together to pass a budget in that house.

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