Wisconsin Assembly passes budget, sends two-year spending plan to Gov. Walker

MADISON — The Wisconsin state budget is now in Governor Scott Walker's hands.

The state Assembly early Thursday morning, July 9th voted 52-46 to pass the $73 billion two-year spending plan. The Senate passed it on Tuesday.

The action means the budget is now before Walker, who can reshape it through line-item vetoes. Walker has not said when he plans to sign it. But quick action is expected given that he's launching his presidential campaign Monday, Jul 13th, and then embarking on a tour taking him to four early voting states.

Democrats blasted the budget for expanding the private school voucher program and cutting the University of Wisconsin System by $250 million. But they didn't have the votes to stop it or get any changes approved.

Republicans say their budget is good for taxpayers.