9/14/17 – The Wisconsin Assembly debated the new state budget for eleven hours before passing it late Wednesday night 57-39. Five majority Republicans joined all Democrats in voting no. State Representative Mark Born, who sits on the Joint Finance Committee, calls it a fiscally sound budget that invests in priorities including K-12 education, bringing accountability and additional resources to the UW System, protecting our most vulnerable citizens, and reducing the tax burden on state residents. The Assembly version of the bill includes the $200-per pupil spending on education that the governor had proposed, which Born calls a significant investment. The Beaver Dam Republican says he was proud to have been able to vote for a budget that includes the largest ever investment ever in the K-12 system, which included an additional $639 million in state aid over the next two years. The two year, 76-billion-dollar package now goes to the Senate, where its fate is uncertain as up to six senators have concerns that reportedly include that record amount of public school aid. Senate Republicans are expected to meet today (Thursday) to see if they can get enough votes to pass the budget in its current form so lawmakers do not have to return next week to debate last minute changes.