MADISON — Republican Assembly
Speaker Robin Vos says he is open to negotiating with
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over how to pay for an income tax
cut both sides want.
Republicans and Evers disagree
over how to pay for it. The Republican version taps a budget
surplus and is scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the
Vos said Thursday that he would
be open to alternatives as long as it didn't raise taxes.
Evers wants to all-but eliminate a tax credit for
manufacturers, a move Republicans oppose.
Republicans on the
Legislature's budget-writing committee approved the GOP plan
Thursday on a party-line 10-3 vote.
They touted the plan as far
superior to Evers' proposal, saying there's no need to raise
taxes on manufacturers given the surplus and healthy economy.
MADISON — One of the leaders
of the Legislature's budget-writing committee is signaling
Republicans won't let Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul
pull Wisconsin out of a multistate lawsuit challenging the
Affordable Care Act.
Kaul and Democratic Gov. Tony
Evers both campaigned on pulling Wisconsin out of the lawsuit.
Republican lawmakers passed lame-duck legislation in December
that prohibits Evers from ordering Kaul to withdraw from
lawsuits without permission from the Joint Finance Committee.
Kaul asked the panel last month for permission to pull out.
Republican Rep. John Nygren and
Sen. Alberta Darling serve as committee co-chairs. Darling
said Senate Republicans haven't discussed Kaul's request yet.
Nygren said Assembly Republicans also haven't discussed the
request yet, either.
But Nygren said Republicans
still fundamentally oppose the ACA, signaling the committee
will likely refuse the request.
MADISON — Former Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker's fee to give speeches as part of a national
speakers group ranges from $15,000 to $25,000.
Worldwide Speakers Group
announced Thursday that Walker would be joining the company
that also arranges engagements for former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
Topics Walker says he can speak
to include "Insights on the current political (and
future) landscape in America" and "The power of
faith in times of crisis."
Walker served two terms as
governor, and became the first governor in U.S. history to
defeat a recall attempt. He briefly ran for president in 2015
and then lost a bid for a third term in November to Democrat
Liberal group One Wisconsin Now
tweeted that Walker should speak on "How I Crashed and
Burned a Presidential Campaign in 71 Days."