- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Fees paid by everyone from nurses to boxing judges in Wisconsin will not change over the next two years.

The Legislature’s budget committee on Wednesday voted to keep the licensing and regulation fee schedule the same over the next two years for more than 150 professions.

Democrats proposed lowering the renewal fees for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Rep. Chris Taylor, of Madison, argued that they are paying more than necessary for their fees.

This year the state is expected to collect about $6 million more in fees than it costs to regulate the industries.

Republicans rejected the proposal. Committee chairman Rep. John Nygren says a case can be made that those fees are too high, but a broader examination is needed and he didn’t want to pick winners and losers.

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