Budget-writing committee unlikely to finish work this week

MADISON — Republican leaders in the Legislature are meeting privately with individual lawmakers, trying to broker deals that will lead to the budget-writing committee finishing its work on the two-year spending plan.

Both Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos were in meetings all day Tuesday to work on budget deals. Fitzgerald spokeswoman Myranda Tanck says it is unlikely that the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee will meet again this week.

Tanck says talks are ongoing to work out issues related to financing of the Milwaukee Bucks arena and transportation funding.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he won't announce whether he's running for president until after the budget is signed. Walker was in Atlanta on Monday and in Florida on Tuesday for Gov. Rick Scott's economic growth summit.