November 28, 2014

Senate Democrats push for budget changes

Senate Democrats will push for changes to the state budget. (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

Senate Democrats will push for changes to the state budget. (Photo: Andrew Beckett)

While Democrats in the state Assembly decided not to push for changes to the proposed state budget, their colleagues in the state Senate are planning to take a different approach.

With debate underway in the state Senate, Democrats have so far introduced more than 30 amendments to the $70 billion spending plan. Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) says many of those proposals reflect what Republicans have previously said in opposition to different provisions in the state budget. He says the “welcome mat” is out for Republicans who want to side with Democrats on changing the budget bill.

AUDIO: Sen. Chris Larson (:13)

It would only take two Republicans joining with Democrats to approve an amendment to the budget, which GOP leaders say is not going to happen. Larson still believes it could though, and he says Democrats want to give them the opportunity “to just not talk about it, but to actually take action.”

The Senate debate on the proposed two year budget bill is expected to run through this evening.