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State Legislature still looking for budget deal (10 a.m. 6/24/09)

Madison (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle wants the Legislature meeting in special session Wednesday to pass part of the state budget that will bring in $74 million in federal money if done by Monday.

But leaders of the Legislature say they remain focused on finding a way to pass the entire $62 billion, two-year spending plan, not just the part Doyle singled out for a special session.

Talks continued in private this week among lawmakers and the governor’s staff to reach a deal that could allow both the Senate and Assembly to pass a budget before the new fiscal year starts July 1.

Failure to accomplish that puts millions of dollars in federal money at risk and delays the state from dealing with a projected $6.6 billion shortfall.

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