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Budget agreement could be close in WisconsinSubmitted: 08/22/2017
MADISON - Governor Scott Walker says he and Republicans who control the Legislature have reached a deal "in principle" over transportation funding and other issues to end an impasse that's held up passage of the state budget.

Walker said Tuesday that the deal does not include any gas tax or vehicle registration fee increases.

He also says there will be a reduction in the personal property tax favored by the state's business community, but not a full repeal.


Walker says the tentative deal should be approved by the Legislature's budget committee sometime in the next two weeks and clear the Legislature by mid-September.

Walker says the budget deal will move through the Legislature concurrently with a bill extending $3 billion in tax incentives for electronics manufacturer Foxconn.

The co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee says the framework of a deal to end a state budget impasse would include a new fee on electric vehicles amount to about $100 a year and include around $400 million in additional borrowing to pay for roads.

Representative Jon Nygren said Tuesday that details of the agreement were still being worked out.

He says one area that remains unresolved is how much to loosen the income eligibility cut-off to participate in the statewide private school voucher program.

Gov. Scott Walker says a deal has been reached "in principle" and he expects the Legislature to approve the budget by mid-September. Nygren says he agrees with that timeline.

Nygren says the deal would cut the personal property tax paid by businesses by about $73 million, but not eliminate it.


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The 20-year-old man went missing Saturday afternoon while kayaking in Green Bay near Horseshoe Island off Peninsula State Park.

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