State Assembly could go along with budget deal

(AP) — A Republican co-chair of the Legislature's budget-writing committee says the Assembly could go along with a new proposal from Gov. Scott Walker that could end a three-week impasse on passing a state budget.

Rep. John Nygren tells The Associated Press on Thursday that Walker proposed using $200 million he intended for cutting income taxes to instead pay for roads. Nygren says that idea "could get traction in the Assembly."

Assembly Republicans have objected to borrowing as much as $712 million to pay for roads. Nygren says how much will need to be borrowed remains fluid.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald declined to comment on whether the latest idea would win approval in the Senate, saying it's one of several ideas being discussed.

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