MADISON - Division in the state Republican Party has put some education items in Governor Walker's budget at an impasse... at least for now.
Just one day after the Governor and a handful of lawmakers couldn't find a compromise on school voucher expansion, the legislature's budget committee found themselves in the same boat Wednesday.
"We all represent different areas. We all have different principals that brought us here, and because of that I think we have different views on it and I think most legislators make decisions based on how it impacts local communities," said State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.
The Joint Finance Committee delayed a vote on vouchers as well as public education funding on Wednesday, because committee republicans couldn't a find middle ground.
The governor wants to expand vouchers to districts outside Milwaukee and Racine. That would include nine districts, including Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Sheboygan.
It's no surprise there's a division among party lines when it comes to vouchers. Senate President Michael Ellis of Appleton told FOX 11 in March at least ten senate republicans had an issue with the governor's proposal. And now as the clock winds down, it seems there's still an impasse.
"I supported the governor in the last cycle, and I support him now. On this issue, we're apart but we're getting together, I would think by next week we would have a compromise," explained State Sen. Michael Ellis (R-Neenah).
But as Republicans hash out the issue, Democrats say they want expanded vouchers off the table completely.
"I hope they should throw the whole proposal out the door and listen to local governments and local school boards on this important issue," said State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie.
Despite the stand still, Joint Finance Co-Chair Nygren says talks will continue.
He hopes the committee will take up vouchers and public education funding by Tuesday.
Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.