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Senate budget vote expected on FridaySubmitted: 09/13/2017
Senate budget vote expected on Friday
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate plans to vote on final passage of the state budget Friday.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald notified lawmakers on Tuesday night that the Senate would be in session Friday to vote on the budget.

The Assembly is voting on it Wednesday.

Fitzgerald said Tuesday that he did not yet have the 17 Republican votes needed to pass the $76 billion spending plan.


Governor Scott Walker said Wednesday he was OK with a couple changes being suggested by reluctant Republican senators in order to secure their support.

Walker talked about the budget Wednesday in a conference call from South Korea where he is on a trade mission.

Walker says he would support moving up elimination of the state prevailing wage to January 1st or even sooner.

It would end in September 2018 under the current version of the budget.

Walker says he would also be OK with additional reforms at the state Department of Transportation.

Both ideas have been floated by Republican senators as necessary changes to secure their votes.

The budget is more than two months late due to Republicans who control the Legislature being unable to agree on several key issues, primarily how to pay for transportation funding.

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