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Wisconsin Senate to take up budget, employee contracts on Tuesday

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MADISON, Wisconsin — The Wisconsin Senate will take up the state budget, a 6 percent raise for state troopers and a new compensation plan for thousands of other state workers that contains no general wage increases on Tuesday.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said last week that his chamber would act first on the state budget. A spokeswoman for Vos didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's spokeswoman said only that the change was made based on what she called scheduling requirements. She didn't elaborate.

Vos and Fitzgerald have been struggling over whether to add provisions to the budget that would repeal the state's prevailing wage for construction workers. Fitzgerald's spokeswoman had no comment when asked if the Senate would add a repeal on Tuesday.

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