CHICAGO - In a rejection of Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's proposal to balance the current state budget, the Republican majority in the Assembly passed a plan this week that would plug a $400 million shortfall through a mix of spending cuts, nearly draining the state's small rainy-day fund and delaying a school aid payment.

The plan specifically cuts spending by $250 million though cuts are not outlined, uses $55 million from the rainy day fund that holds $57.5 million, and delays a $125 million school aid payment into the next biennium.

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