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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 12:09 PM 

Fitzgerald: Senate GOP votes there for budget, support strong for second collective bargaining vote

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he his confident his caucus has the votes to pass the budget and said support remains strong for the collective bargaining changes.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he expects the outcome to be the same on the collective bargaining changes as it was in March, when Republicans voted 18-1 to approve them. Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center was the only Republican to oppose the bill.

Fitzgerald reiterated that he expects to add the collective bargaining changes to the budget if the Supreme Court does not act soon.

Fitzgerald also said his caucus gave Legislative Fiscal Bureau Director Bob Lang a round of applause yesterday when he announced during a briefing that the state's structural deficit would be wiped out under the budget and there could be a surplus of $306 million heading into the 2013-15 biennium.

"It's amazing to some of us who have been here for a while to hear we have finally accomplished what we set out to do, and that was to get the state back on track," Fitzgerald said.


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