After nearly four months of deliberations, the legislative conference committee on Monday night approved a budget agreement that was announced on Friday.
Senator Judy Robson (D-Beloit) says it's a deal both sides should be able to accept. The Senate Majority Leader says each side made compromises, but they're forwarding on a budget that protects core Wisconsin values.
Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem) says both sides made sacrifices. Huebsch says finding middle ground was challenging, but the agreement will remove tax increases and provided needed funding for critical programs.
The committee approved the budget deal 7-1. Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) was the only no vote, citing a dollar increase in the cigarette tax and transfers from the patients' compensation fund.
The Assembly and the Senate are both expected to vote on the bill Tuesday.