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Wisconsin budget passes committee, heads to full Legislature Submitted: 07/03/2015
MADISON - After a five-week delay, the Legislature's budget-writing committee has given final approval to a new two-year spending plan.

The Joint Finance Committee early Friday voted 12-4 with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against the $70 billion budget.

It now heads to the Senate and Assembly for debate.

The budget touches the life of nearly every person in the state.

Under the plan, funding for public schools would remain basically flat, the University of Wisconsin System would be cut by $250 million, in-state tuition would be frozen and property taxes would remain basically flat.

Taxes paid by married couples would go down and government officials would be largely exempt from the open records law under changes approved Thursday.

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