Wisconsin State Senate passes state budget after protests at Capitol
MADISON - The Wisconsin State Senate has passed Governor Scott Walker's newest two-year budget.
It chose to wait until early Friday morning to continue its debate, following an evening session Thursday and a recess until 12:01 a.m. Friday.
At 12:11 a.m., it passed on a 17-16 vote.
This wouldn't be a budget battle in Madison without a protest.
Demonstrators upset over Republican effort to change abortion laws rushed the senate floor. Police moved and removed protesters in handcuffs.
Once removed, outnumbered senate Democrats tried to knock Republican off their game with a bunch of amendments - starting with how much you should pay in income taxes.
Republicans claim their plan puts more money in the pockets of everyone especially the middle class. Democrats claim it gives too much money to the rich.
Both sides are trying to claim victory in this budget.
Democrats say it will help them win over voters next year who are still worried about the economy.
Republicans says it reinforces Governor Walker's promises to reform government.