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Most Republican votes against Walker budget lodged this year for spending plan


MADISON, Wisconsin — More Republican state lawmakers voted against the budget this year than has ever happened under Gov. Scott Walker.

Eleven Republican representatives and one senator voted against the spending plan before it got presented to Walker early Thursday. In 2011, not a single Republican voted against Walker's budget and just three did in 2013.

That kind of lukewarm reception to Walker's signature piece of legislation does not give him the kind of momentum he had hoped for heading into the launch of his presidential campaign Monday.

Walker has not commented on the budget since it passed the Assembly.

But some Republicans who voted against it have issued statements, saying they objected to the level of education funding, repealing the prevailing wage for local government projects and borrowing to pay for transportation.

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