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Many similar issues, budget high on Wisconsin legislative agenda


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Second verse, same as the first.

Well, not quite – but the new Republican majority in the Wisconsin Legislature plans to tackle many of the same issues in the next two years as it did in the last two.

Leaders say the top priority is to pass the next state budget – and it remains to be seen what major policy issues might be pushed into that package. Mining is also high on the GOP’s agenda.

Republican Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald told a Milwaukee radio station that you can expect a somewhat different package than what was scrapped back in March.

The GOP’s agenda also includes new tax cuts, an expansion of voucher schools, more incentives for creating jobs, and a continued easing of state regulations on business.

Republicans will control both houses, even if Democrats win all 4 recounts that have been discussed – three in the Assembly and one in the Senate.