Tuesday, September 26th

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The Senate chambers in the state Capitol in Madison.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

MADISON – Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate are still trying to marshal the votes needed to approve the state budget even as the Assembly prepares to approve it Wednesday.

The GOP controls the Senate 20-13 and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) can’t lose more than three votes on the budget vote because all Democrats are opposed to the legislation.

Three senators said Tuesday that they're still considering whether to vote for the budget and a fourth declined to say. At least one more conservative senator is considered an uncertain vote at best by other Republicans. 

None of these senators, however, have said that they will oppose the bill for certain, so Fitzgerald could still win them over. 

A spokeswoman for Fitzgerald did not immediately respond to questions Tuesday, saying that Fitzgerald was occupied with the floor debate on a bill to bring Foxconn's flat screen plant to southeastern Wisconsin.