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MADISON – The Legislature’s budget committee plans to retain five of six elections jobs Gov. Scott Walker wants to cut, according to top lawmakers.

The Joint Finance Committee will also cut daily stipends for commissioners by half – instead of by nearly 90%, as Walker has urged.

The state received more than $50 million in federal grants to bolster its election systems under the Help America Vote Act, which Congress passed in response to problems that came to light in Florida’s razor-thin presidential results in 2000.

Now, that federal aid is running out. Walker has recommended using state taxpayer money to pay for 16 of 22 positions at the Elections Commission that had been federally funded. The other six jobs would be cut under his plan. 

But the budget committee will keep 21 of the 22 jobs, according to the leaders of the committee, Sen.