Tuesday, May 21st

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Gov. Tony Evers (right) and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes arrive before holding a news conference regarding Medicaid expansion.(Photo: Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - The state is expected to take in $753 million more through the summer of 2021 than earlier estimated, giving lawmakers a small windfall as they work on the state budget.

Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday he would use $56 million of the additional money to immediately pay off debt, which he said would save millions of dollars in the long run.

The Democratic governor said he wanted to spend $33 million of the remainder on technical colleges and worker training and put the rest into the state's rainy-day fund. That would mean the state would likely set aside more than $650 million it could tap into during the next downturn.

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