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Second Republican state Senator won’t vote for budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A second Republican Wisconsin state senator says he will vote against the GOP-written budget, leaving Republicans with no room to spare to pass the two-year spending plan in its current form.

Sen. David Craig, of Big Bend, told the conservative talk-show host Jay Weber on WISN-AM on Thursday that he is a “no” vote on the budget. Craig joins his fellow Republican, Sen. Steve Nass, who announced his opposition on Wednesday.

That leaves Republicans with the bare minimum 17 votes needed to pass the budget. Republicans re-worked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ spending plan over the past several months, passing their own version out of committee last week.

But Craig and Nass say the plan would still spend too much money. The Senate is scheduled to take up the budget next week, after the Assembly.

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