MADISON - The state budget is now in the hands of Governor Scott Walker.
Shortly after midnight Friday morning, the state Senate passed the state's $70 billion spending plan.
"We've made our points that we got this state back on track, fiscally. And while there was a lot of discussion about policy in the budget, that's never been something I've focused on," explained Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.
The vote came after Democrats used a procedural move to delay the initial vote which was suppose to happen shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday. Democrats argued they had not had enough time to discuss the bill.
The final tally was 17-16.
GOP Senator Dale Schultz of Richland Center had said earlier in the day he would vote against the budget plan, and he did. Schultz had been an outspoken critic of the spending proposal.
Despite gaining a vote, Democrats still fell short. They say it's a disappointing day.
"How do you say it, we're moving 1,000 miles to the south and 60 years backwards," explained State Senator Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, after the vote. "We're not moving the state forward, we're moving backward. We'll live to fight another day, real good debate."
Overall, lawmakers took part in more than 12 hours of non-stop debate. Democrats brought forward more than 50 amendments, however not all were taken up.
Amendments ranged from eliminating voucher expansion to jobs policies. All were defeated.
And while the day had some lighter moments...
"You know I have the highest respect for you senator from the seventh, you and I have been friends for at least an hour," said Senate President Michael Ellis, R-Neenah.
It was clear, how passionate both sides were about the policies they believed in.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told FOX 11 he expects to begin discussion with the governor about possible vetoes as early as Monday.
Lawmakers did receive some surprising visitors Thursday afternoon. A group of protesters barged into Senate chambers.
It seems they were protesting recently passed bills which deal with abortions, including forcing a woman to get an ultrasound before having an abortion.
They continued to chant and shout as police tried to remove them. At least one protester almost reached the Senate floor.
A spokesperson for the Department of Administration told FOX 11 officers removed eight people and police plan to cite them for disorderly conduct.
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