Governor Jim Doyle is hopeful an agreement on a budget repair bill can be reached soon.
The Governor is expected to meet tonight with the Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader, in an effort to find common ground on closing a $530 million budget gap. Doyle says they need to reach a deal, and be willing to make compromises.
However, the Governor is unsure if the meeting will result in a deal tonight. Doyle says he'd like to see the issue resolved, but it's up to Legislative leaders to make that happen.
Meanwhile, figures released by the Department of Administration show the state's General Fund will begin the month with a negative balance, starting in July. Doyle says that will result in state aid payments being delayed or pro-rated to municipalities, schools, and other state providers.
The Governor says fixing the problem will just become more difficult if lawmakers continue to delay.