Debate of the two month-late Wisconsin budget was delayed Friday as majority Republicans continued to search for one more vote needed to pass the spending plan.
Despite having their largest majority since 1971, Republicans have been unable to get at least 17 of their 20 members to vote for the $76 billion plan. It was due by July 1 but has been hung up because of GOP infighting. Current spending has continued during the impasse while Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker work behind the scenes to forge a compromise.
Three holdout senators — Steve Nass, Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga — were meeting with Walker’s chief of staff Rich Zipperer, a former senator, on Friday. The start of debate was delayed at least two hours to facilitate the meeting. Walker has broad veto powers and could promise to cut something from the massive $76 billion plan to secure one or more of their votes.
Walker, who is in South Korea on a trade mission, has also been personally involved in trying to broker a deal, said his spokesman Tom Evenson.
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