Democratic Lawmakers On Board With Evers’ Plan For Surplus

Surplus Attributed To One-Time Influx Of Money Due To Federal Tax Law Changes 

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Democratic lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee say they are on board with Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal for an unexpected $753 million surplus.

News of the surplus came Wednesday. It’s largely attributed to a one-time influx of money due to federal tax law changes. Evers wants to use $33 million of it for technical colleges and workforce development, $56 million to pay down debt and then save the rest.

Democrats on the committee said Thursday they support his plan.

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But Republican legislative leaders have said they want to use the money to support tax cuts. And Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he supports tapping it to pay for capital building projects and roads.