Wisconsin Assembly approves Republicans’ COVID spending bills

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved 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 passed the bills Tuesday afternoon and evening. The money currently is at Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ disposal, but Republicans have been clamoring for more control of it. Evers has signaled he’ll veto the proposals.

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