As lawmakers continue working to plug a $527 million budget hole, the leader for Assembly Democrats says he's tired of being "cut out" of the process.
Assembly minority leader Jim Kreuser (D-Kenosha) says the legislature needs to speed up the process. He's calling on the Speaker and Senate Majority leader to open up their closed door meetings to the minority parties, so they can resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Kreuser says they could reach an agreement, if both sides were willing to compromise, but that won't happen if they keep drawing a line in the sand.
Of the agreements that have been presented so far, Kreuser says most Democrats in his caucus disagree. Those include changes to tobacco securitization, delaying school aid payments, and cutting a hospital assessment that would allow the state to access more federal money.