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State Democrats Absent For Vote As Wisconsin Budget Protests Swell

02/18/2011 9:38 am 0 comments

Source: CNN

The aisle-wide gap between Wisconsin GOP and Democratic lawmakers, arguing over union collective bargaining rights, stretched into an interstate chasm as Democratic state senators defended their decision to flee the state to preserve those rights.

“We will return and do our job, but the governor had to do his job,” said state Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, one of 14 Democrats and two Republicans who left Madison to stall a vote on a controversial GOP budget bill.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is looking to slash $131 million from the state budget. Walker has called on the 16 lawmakers to return to the state Capitol to vote on the measure Friday.

CNN affiliates WREX and WTVO reported that several of the AWOL lawmakers fled to Rockford, Illinois.

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