Finance committee starts 2015-17 budget revision process with agency briefings

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MADISON, Wisconsin — The Legislature's finance committee has started its months-long push to revise Republican Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 state budget proposal.

The committee began with briefings Monday from a number of state agencies on how the budget would affect them. First up was the Department of Administration, led by Walker's top aide, Mike Huebsch.

Committee members asked Huebsch a wide range of questions. Republicans on the panel began by asking the state would lose if the Milwaukee Bucks left Wisconsin if they don't get a new arena. Huebsch said the state would lose about $7 million in annual taxes.

Minority Democrats complained about the governor's plan to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System. Huebsch countered that the budget grants UW freedom from state oversight that will foster innovation.

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