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GOP leaders work to restore some proposed public education aid cuts


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Republican legislative leaders say they’re working on a deal to restore some of the $844 million in proposed state aid cuts to Wisconsin public schools.

Senate finance chair Alberta Darling and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says the details are still being worked out. But both say they want to help those schools that face the largest percentage cuts in state funding, and cannot make up the difference by making employees cover more of their pensions and health insurance.

A couple weeks ago, officials said the state would get an extra $636 million in tax revenues between now and mid-2013.

Democrats want to use $376 million of that to partially restore the proposed cuts in school aid. Darling and Fitzgerald did not say how much the G-O-P would end up restoring.

Earlier Wednesday, Fitzgerald promised there would be no cuts in the SeniorCare prescription drug program and state funds for recycling – both of which would have been cut under Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

Darling said the Joint Finance Committee would consider the school aid changes Thursday, and changes to SeniorCare next week. She promised no new state spending.