Jon Erpenbach

Senate OKs tax rebate, prison closure, school safety bills

The Wisconsin Senate wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday by signing off on bills that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison, create a $100 per-child tax rebate and lay out $100 million for schools to improve security.

Passage of the youth prison and tax rebate especially represented a victory for Gov. Scott Walker. The governor faces re-election in November and had urged the Senate to act on both measures.

"These aren't Republican or (Democratic) issues," Walker spokeswoman Amy Hasenberg said in a statement. "These are Wisconsin issues."

All three bills now go to the state Assembly. Speaker Robin Vos said he supports both the...