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Big Decisions Loom For Joint Finance Committee

Ann Althouse, Flickr

This is the final scheduled day of meetings for the Joint Finance Committee.The Republican dominated panel is scheduled to vote on income tax cuts, private school voucher expansion, public education funding and Medicaid. Republican legislative leaders and the Governor's office have been meeting privately to try and reach agreement on the issues. A small group of Republican legislators have expressed dissatisfaction with parts of the budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker. The dissident lawmakers have threatened to withhold support unless the budget committee made additional changes including the crafting of deeper state income tax cuts.  The budget package will move to the full legislature following a vote by the Joint Finance Committee.