- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Rob Cowles says he wants all 49 policy provisions included in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal removed before the two-year spending plan is debated by the Legislature.

Cowles on Monday released a memo he requested from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau listing all the proposals in Walker’s budget that primarily relate to policy and not the state’s finances.

Cowles says all of the issues should be introduced as separate legislation. Including policy items in the budget has been a longstanding practice by both Republican and Democratic governors as a way to ease passage of sometimes controversial ideas.

Some of the policy items in Walker’s budget identified by the Fiscal Bureau include making the Natural Resources Board advisory only and creating a charter school oversight board.

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