MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican Senator Scott Fitzgerald says he's had no contact with the Democrats since they didn't show up to Thursday's Senate session. Fitzgerald asks Democratic leader Mark Miller "to call him."
Fitzgerald tells 27 News that Wisconsin is the "tip of the spear" for fiscal responsibility. He says that Jesse Jackson and President Obama's efforts won't change his mind. Jesse Jackson is in town and is expected to speak at a 5 p.m. rally at the Capitol.
Sen. Fitzgerald says the Senate could take up nonfiscal bills next week if the Democrats do not return.
Fitzgerald says Gov. Scott Walker needs more time to present the budget bill next week. Walker's spokesman says the governor will have a news conference late this afternoon.
Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach says he and fellow Democrats will stay away as long as they have to, in order to delay the passage of the budget repair bill.
Erpenbach says there's no fixed date for Democrats to return to Wisconsin. He say all 14 Senate Democrats will meet somewhere in Illinois on Friday. He would not say where or exactly when.