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WI GOP Senate leader says he doesn't have votes to pass budget

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(AP) - While the Wisconsin State Assembly votes on the two-year spending plan Wednesday, the Senate Majority Leader says he doesn't have the 17 votes required yet to pass the state budget.

Republican Scott Fitzgerald says he thinks there are at least 15 senators who will vote for the $76 billion budget. Republicans control the Senate 20 to 13.

Fitzgerald says he hopes to have the votes needed to take up the budget on Friday. 

He added that he would prefer that any changes needed to secure votes of Republican senators be done Wednesday in the Assembly so the Senate could take a final vote on passage Friday.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Senate has approved nearly $3 billion in cash payments for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group. 

Foxconn plans to construct a massive flat-screen production factory in the state. 

The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday discounted Democratic concerns about the $3 billion incentive package and passed the bill. 

The measure now heads to the state Assembly for a final vote Thursday.

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