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Wisconsin Senate meets, again, without Democrats

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s 14 Senate Democrats remain on the run.

The Senate met on Friday for the fourth time without any of the Democrats who skipped town 10 days ago present.

The Democrats left to avoid the Senate from having quorum, blocking a final vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to fix the state’s budget shortfall that includes eliminating collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

The Republican senators who were present on Friday defended the proposal and argued that it must pass in order to avoid layoffs of state workers. Walker has warned that workers will start to be notified as soon as next week that they could be laid off.

Senators also thanked the Assembly for passing the bill earlier Friday morning.

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