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Evers’ budget sets up conflicts with Republicans

MADISON, WI (AP) — Many of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget priorities that he’s unveiled in recent days are unlikely to make it through the Republican-controlled Legislature, setting the stage for a prolonged fight.

Evers has been previewing major portions of the budget ahead of its release on Thursday.

Republicans have made clear their opposition to Evers’ proposals to expand Medicaid , legalize medical marijuana , freeze enrollment in private voucher schools and scale back a manufacturing tax credit to cut income taxes for the middle class.

Evers also is expected to propose a gas-tax increase on Thursday, a move that has divided Republicans in the past.

The big question for Republicans will be whether Evers will accept a GOP-written budget with some vetoes.

If Evers vetoes the entire budget, there could be a longer stalemate.

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Associated Press

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