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Wisconsin Senate passes state budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Legislature has passed the state budget.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed the $70 billion budget shortly after midnight on Friday. The Assembly passed it Wednesday.

The two-year spending plan now heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

The Senate vote came after 12 hours of debate on Thursday and a 90-minute delay caused by Democrats who used a procedural move to block a final vote until Friday.

The budget passed the Senate on a 17-16 vote. Sen. Dale Schultz was the only Republican to vote against the plan.

Schultz objected to many parts of the budget, including the expansion of private school vouchers statewide and policy items like banning the Center for Investigative Journalism from operating on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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