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Dems say budget bill is on time and balanced; Republicans differ

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On time and balanced. That's how Democrats in the state Assembly describe the state budget bill passed Friday evening.

But Republican Minority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald has two other words to describe the plan: jobs killer.


Fitzgerald says we're not making it easy for working class families. The Republican says if the state continues on this course there will be no working families, because there will be no jobs.

Fitzgerald says the increase in the capital gains tax included in the $62 billion plan will hurt investors and small businesses.

Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said the plan does what Democrats pledged they would do after gaining the majority in the Assembly: deal with a record deficit while protecting schools, public safety and health care and shielding working families from big tax hikes.