Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Wisconsin lawmakers approved a 68 Billion dollar budget for the next biennium in a late night vote Thursday.
The spending package includes a $650 million income tax cut, and a provision which broadens the voucher program for Wisconsin Schools, both of which were popular with Republicans.
Democrats criticized the fact that the budget does not utilize federal funds for Medicaid expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican-led Senate passed the budget bill on a 17-16 vote shortly after midnight.
"Whether it's k through 12 or technical schools or a university system. All those things are included in this budget. And we're doing it because we think it is a good investment, we do it every two years, It's a good way to spend your money, to put it right back in your hands and put it in our higher education system. We think those things will get our economy going even more going forward," Gov. Walker said Friday.