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Senate Dems offer alternate budget fix
Madison -- Senate Democrats are offering their own plan to fix the state's budget shortfall.
Gov. Scott Walker has been saying state officials need to act by Tuesday to carry out a $165 million refinancing of state debt to help close the budget gap and avoid layoffs of state workers.
But Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) said that the state could still solve the budget problem even without the refinancing.
To do it, Miller said that the state would require Walker to find $79 million in cuts called for in the current budget bill that the Walker administration has said aren't possible to find so quickly. In addition, the proposal would eliminate from the bill $42 million in spending in the state's health programs for the poor that is designed to increase federal payments for those programs.
Finally, the proposal would also have to lower the minimum balance set in state law for the state's main account from $65 million to $21.8 million - the new expected balance under the Democrats' plan.