Both Sides Point Fingers At State Budget Talks Stall

6/28/17 – Republican leaders of both houses blame each other, after a day of talks on the new state budget broke down after 40 minutes on Tuesday. Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke says the Senate leaders “walked away from the table,” as disagreements continue between the two houses — mainly on how to pay for highways, as Senate leaders want more borrowing and no tax hikes while the Assembly G-O-P keeps pushing for new revenue sources to cut down on bonding. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald called each other’s position “laughable.” Both said it could mean no spending increase for road construction and more delays for projects in the next two years. No new talks are scheduled this week — and even though the current budget expires Friday, state spending will continue at current levels until a new budget is passed.