Work is expected to continue this week in a budget conference committee made up of legislative leaders.

However, Assembly Republicans are negotiating from a "position of strength" on the state budget, according to Jeff Schoepke of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. He claims the GOP's "no tax increase" position is more popular with the public than the budget version from Senate Democrats. Schoepke says that's because the Democrats' version included $18 billion in new taxes.

Democrats claim, though, that the Republican budget would hurt local government services and the UW System and does nothing to address the issue of health care reform. 

AUDIO: John Colbert reports (MP3 :38)

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