MADISON, Wis. — Hundreds of Gov. Tony Evers' priorities, including legalizing marijuana and raising $1 billion in taxes, were going to be killed today by the Legislature's Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee as it begins the process of writing the next state budget.

Republicans are essentially scrapping the Democratic governor's entire two-year spending proposal and instead building off the current budget, which the GOP-controlled Legislature passed two years ago without a single Democratic vote and Evers signed into law.

The Joint Finance Committee will vote to remove nearly 400 of Evers' proposals. On the issues that remain, Republicans will build the budget based not on what Evers wanted, but instead on what is current law.

The items Republicans are killing would have brought in $3.4 billion to the state, mostly through higher taxes on capital gains and manufacturers, and by accepting federal Medicaid expansion. That alone would have saved the state $1.6 billion, when including federal money that would have come to Wisconsin.

Republicans for years have resisted accepting full Medicaid expansion. Evers' plan would allow about 90,000 people to be eligible for BadgerCare Plus, a move Democrats have long pushed for only to be blocked by Republicans.

Other proposals that Republicans planned to kill included legalizing and taxing marijuana; raising the minimum wage to $10.15 per hour by 2024; restoring public workers’ collective bargaining rights that were lost in the Act 10 law; suspending enrollment in the private school voucher program; and creating a so-called red flag law that would allow guns to be seized from people deemed to be a danger by courts.

Republicans say the budget they will write will likely include a tax cut of some sort, but they haven't given details. They are also calling on Evers to give them more details about how he intends to spend $3.2 billion in one-time federal stimulus money coming to the state. Evers has revealed some details, but not all of his intentions for the money, which is solely under his discretion to spend.

Today’s meeting of the budget committee is the first where it takes votes on the two-year spending plan that runs from July through mid-2023. The full Legislature will likely vote on the budget in June or July, and then Evers can make significant changes with his broad veto power.