Three conservative senators say they are prepared to vote against the Republican-led budget, a $76.5 billion, two-year spending plan that isn't conservative enough for their liking.
Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) made clear late Wednesday night, moments before his GOP-led house passed the long-awaited 2017-19 state budget, that the bill would not be held "hostage" to renegade senators.
"We will not be coming back next week," Vos said.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) acknowledged Wednesday afternoon he did not have the votes to pass the budget but that he was "optimistic" he would find them by the time the Senate clocked in Friday morning for its budget debate.
Sens. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), and Duey Stroebel (R-Saukeville) stepped out of their Senate caucus Wednesday afternoon apparently no closer to a deal than when they walked into the "small room."
Stroebel said he would like to get to a yes vote, but he thinks as a conservative-led Legislature, "We can do better."
The "no vote for now" senators want equality for statewide school choice, reforms to the troubled Department of Transportation and other changes in return for their support for the budget.
In fact, they have a list of demands.
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