MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of three Assembly Republicans who voted against the state budget says he had made up his mind a long time ago. Rep. Steve Kestell of Elkhart Lake said Wednesday that his “no” vote was because the budget contains too many non-fiscal policy items he opposes or didn’t have time to understand. Two other Republicans, Reps. Steve Nass and Howard Marklein, joined Kestell and 39 Democrats in opposition. Messages left for Nass and Marklein were not immediately returned. Nass had promised earlier in the week to vote against the plan. The Assembly vote came after Democrats surprisingly decided against offering any amendments or prolonging debate, saying the $70 billion spending plan can’t be fixed. The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on the budget.
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