- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans who control the Legislature’s finance committee have rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to create a new office to ensure the government continues following a disaster.

Walker’s budget would create the Office of Government Continuity within the Department of Administration. The office would develop a continuity plan for each state agency.

The two-year budget would set aside $676,500 to pay for five employees and supplies. Three positions, one within the Department of Health Services, one within the Department of Safety and Professional Standards and one within the state historical society would be eliminated to create three spots within the new office.

Republicans on the committee released a motion Wednesday deleting the provisions. The panel approved the motion 12-4 Wednesday evening. All four Democrats on the committee voted against the plan.

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