FILE - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos

The Wisconsin Assembly is expected to debate and vote on a new fiscal budget Tuesday.

While Republican majorities are expected to pass a budget by tonight, any drama centers around what changes will be made to persuade the state Senate to follow suit.

Citing spending increases, two Republican senators last week said they'd vote against the budget recommended by the Joint Finance Committee unless significant cuts are made.

State Sen. David Craig, R-Big Bend, said the budget approved by the JFC grows isn't fiscally responsible because of its excess growth.

"At the end of the day, there is no way on earth that Wisconsinites are spending 10 percent more in their households, in their businesses," Craig said. "The economy is improving. But the economy is not government-proof."

Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, also said last week that he won't vote for the budget as it stands.

Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the senate. One more GOP defection in the senate and the chamber can't pass a budget without at least one Democrat in support.

The spending plan being debated Tuesday would reduce the income tax rate for the lowest earners in the state. Those in the lower brackets would see their tax burden reduced to less than 4 and 5 percent. The two top brackets would remain the same at 6.27 percent and 7.65 percent, respectively.

A vote is expected late.