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Update: Wisconsin Budget Action Thursday

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Justin W. Kern
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Among items the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approved Thursday:

-- Freeze UW System tuition for two years and cut funding to the system by $94 million

-- Delay freeway work in Milwaukee, cut funding for the Zoo Interchange reconstruction, scale back road aid to local governments

-- Remove from the budget, Gov. Walker's plan to exempt rent-to-own businesses from consumer protection laws

-- Require police to seize DNA from people arrested for felonies, certain misdemeanors and everyone convicted of crimes

-- Erase Gov. Walker's plan to allow GPS monitoring of people under restraining orders  

-- Allow state Justice Dept. to move its Milwaukee crime lab out of the city 

-- Reduce fee for gun purchaser background checks from $13 to $10

-- Delete Gov. Walker's plan to create a solicitor general's office to handle complex state cases and appeals

Republicans control the budget committee, with a 12-4 advantage over Democrats.

After the panel finishes revising the governor's proposed budget, the package will go to the Assembly and Senate.