- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Assembly is poised to send a bill that would require state agencies to develop plans for cutting or maintaining their budgets to Gov. Scott Walker.

Right now, agencies submit budget requests for the next two years to the governor by Sept. 15 of every even-numbered year. Under the Republican bill, agencies would have to include proposals for cutting their operations budget by 5 percent and for maintaining operation spending levels for the biennium. The operations budget wouldn’t include aid to local governments, individuals and organizations. Spending for debt service and spending federal dollars also wouldn’t count.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bill Thursday. The Senate passed the measure on Tuesday. Assembly approval would send the bill to Walker for his signature.

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