MADISON, Wisconsin — Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that drops a financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks stadium and changes to the prevailing wage law, co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee said Tuesday.
Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling told The Associated Press that both of those issues — which had contributed to a monthlong delay on passing the budget — will be taken up later as separate bills, perhaps in a special session.
The deal to be announced formally Wednesday also includes agreement on how to distribute cuts in road funding, the third major issue stalling budget passage, Nygren said.
GOP Gov. Scott Walker wanted to borrow $1.3 billion for roads, but lawmakers balked, saying that was too high. Legislative leaders had talked about cutting $800 million from roads borrowing, but Nygren said the final agreed upon amount will be less than that.
Nygren says the deal on roads cuts is "pretty consistent" with what Assembly Republicans had wanted. They did not want to protect the Zoo Interchange near Milwaukee from cuts out of fear that would mean rural projects would take bigger hits.
"We're pretty happy with the parameters," Nygren said.
Nygren and Darling were to join with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to release details of the plan at a Capitol news conference Wednesday, the first day of the new budget year.