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Wisconsin Senate passes budget, partially repeals prevailing wage

Wisconsin Senate passes budget, partially repeals prevailing wage

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate passed the $73 billion state budget just before midnight Tuesday, sending it to the Assembly after voting to repeal a prevailing wage law for local government projects, a move Democrats called an affront to the middle class. The fight over prevailing wage — a law that sets a minimum salary for construction workers on public projects — had helped waylay the budget for more than five weeks as Republicans tried to broker an agreement that could win passage in both houses. The Assembly, where Republicans have a 63-36 majority, was scheduled to vote on the budget Wednesday night, a move that would send it to Gov. Scott Walker before he is...

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