Assembly Set to Vote on Republicans' COVID Spending Bills
The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on Republican plans for spending $3.2 billion in federal pandemic response aid. The GOP has put together a package of bills that call for a $1 billion property tax cut; $200 million for small businesses; and $75 million in tourism grants. The package also calls for $150 million for nursing homes and assisted-living facilities; a three-month summer sales tax holiday; and an unknown amount for reimbursing the state's unemployment insurance fund. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bills during a Tuesday afternoon and evening floor session. The money currently is at Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' disposal, but Republicans want more control of it. Evers has signaled he'll veto the proposals.