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MADISON (WAOW) - The 14 Wisconsin state senators who delayed on a vote on the budget repair bill say they want to compromise.  On behalf of the Democratic senators, Minority Leader Mark Miller sent this letter to Governor Scott Walker. 

Online Reporter: Bryon Graff

February 18, 2011

The Honorable Scott Walker

Governor, State of Wisconsin

115 East, State Capitol

Madison, WI 53701

HAND DELIVERED

Dear Governor Walker,

We've learned that earlier today public employees across the state made very clear their willingness to cooperatively accept additional pension and health insurance concessions in order to do their part to help Wisconsin close a 2011 budget gap, and to assist in reducing the state's deficit going forward.

This development confirms to us that the Capitol demonstrations all this week were not about an unwillingness to bargain pension or health insurance concessions, but rather about the devastating and unprecedented elimination of essential collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Consequently, we strongly and respectfully urge you to request that Senate and Assembly Republicans modify your budget repair legislation to remove all references to collective bargaining for all public employees.

We believe our request reflects a point of view shared by many all across the state, but perhaps most significantly by a variety of religious leaders who have expressed a sincere interest in bringing resolution to what has developed into a deeply divisive environment that threatens progress on so many other pressing state social and economic issues.

We also it believe would speed closure on this issue by meeting with those leaders to listen to their concerns.

Sincerely,

Senator Mark Miller

Senate Minority Leader

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