Walker OK with changes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he is fine with making additional changes to the $76 billion state budget in order to secure enough Republican support to pass the Wisconsin Senate.

Walker, speaking on a conference call while on a trade mission in South Korea, said he would sign off on speeding up the repeal of the statewide prevailing wage and mandating additional cost-saving reforms at the Department of Transportation.

Both ideas have been floated by Republican senators who have said they don’t yet support the budget. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he was short the 17 votes needed to pass the two-year spending plan, but hours later his office said the Senate would vote on it Friday.

The Assembly was getting first crack at the budget on Wednesday.