A long delay for the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday lead to some frustration from Republicans on the budget panel.
After waiting nearly 12 hours for the hearing to begin, state Representative Robin Vos (R-Racine) and state Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) sat down at their assigned seats and began questioning the long delay in Thursday's proceedings. The Republican lawmakers raised questions about why Democrats were stalling on the start of an executive session that had been scheduled to begin at 11 on Thursday morning.
Thursday's hearing was delayed due to discussions among Democrats on regional transit authority provisions in Governor Doyle's state budget. Lawmakers have been at odds over how to fund the RTAs, which would currently be supported by up to a half-cent sales tax increase in the regions that would be authorized to create them.