Tuesday, September 26th

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MADISON – Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate don't have the votes for the state budget yet, 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.

Four senators said Tuesday that they're still considering whether to vote for the budget and a fifth declined to say. 

None of those 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 Technology Group's display screen plant to southeastern Wisconsin.

Opposition to the budget from conservatives could force changes to the deal brokered last week between the Assembly and Senate.