Wisconsin Senate Republicans secured enough votes Friday to pass the state budget, which would end an 11-week delay and break a stalemate among the GOP that blocked a final vote, a member of the Legislature’s budget committee told The Associated Press.
Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, said at least 19 of 20 Republicans plan to vote for the budget Friday, which would send the $76 billion spending plan to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Seventeen votes are needed for passage. Republicans had been one vote shy of that entering the day, with four senators voicing objections they said precluded them from voting for the plan.
The apparent breakthrough came after three of the four — Steve Nass, Duey Stroebel and Chris Kapenga — met with Walker’s chief of staff Rich Zipperer, a former senator. The start of debate was delayed three hours to facilitate the meeting. Walker has broad veto powers and could promise to cut something from the massive spending plan to secure their votes.
Details of the agreement to secure the three senators’ votes were still being finalized, said Mike…
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