5-19-23 wisconsin republican leaders at odds over local government aid bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Republicans are at odds over a key ingredient of a proposal long sought after by local governments that would significantly boost state aid to pay for essential services, putting the future of the measure in jeopardy. The Assembly passed a wide-ranging bill Wednesday that would increase aid at least 15% for all local governments in the state and give Milwaukee city and county the ability to raise additional revenues if voters approve higher sales taxes. But Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Senate will likely remove that provision. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says that would kill the bill.

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