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GOP cut millions from Evers’ water pollution budget plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators have cut millions of dollars from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposals to reduce water pollution.

Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland released a Legislative Fiscal Bureau report Friday that shows Evers wanted to spend an additional $118 million on grants, bonding authority and positions to combat water pollution.

The report shows Republicans who control the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee reduced that figure to roughly $46 million. Rather than giving Evers the 15 positions he wanted they gave him six.

Republicans passed the budget this week and planned to send the spending plan to Evers on Friday. He will have six days to sign it, veto it or use his partial veto power to revise it.