Republican legislative leaders have reached a deal on a new state budget that drops a financing plan for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and changes to the prevailing wage law, co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee said Tuesday.
Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling told The Associated Press that both of those issues — which had contributed to a month-long delay on passing the budget — will be taken up later as separate bills, perhaps in a special session. Darling said there is an urgency to pass the Bucks arena plan, given that the NBA has an option to relocate the team if no new arena is built. Darling said the bill could be taken up in a special session later this summer.
The budget deal to be announced formally Wednesday also includes agreement on how to distribute cuts in road funding, the third major issue stalling budget passage, Nygren said.