Luther Olsen

Personality conflict puts Walker priorities in peril

Think of it as a high-stakes game of chicken.

Personality clashes and policy differences among the Republicans who control the Legislature are putting Gov. Scott Walker priorities in peril with the session set to end next week.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have been unable to agree on a juvenile justice overhaul plan, a tax cut proposal and school safety initiative all sought by Walker in an election year.

Walker has been unable to broker a deal and Fitzgerald has accused the governor of leaving him out of negotiations. Vos has refused to budge from his position, while he and Fitzgerald have traded snipes over the process...