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For compromise, 3 GOP state senators are needed

MADISON (AP) -- To end the stalemate over union rights in Wisconsin, a handful of Republican lawmakers might have to stand up to their new governor.

Gov. Scott Walker made clear Sunday that he won't back off his proposal to effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Senate Democrats who fled the state last week to delay the plan vowed not to come back to allow it to pass -- even if they have to miss votes on other bills Tuesday.

Also, union leaders say they won't let up on protests that have consumed Wisconsin's capital city and made the state the center of a national debate over public employees' unions.

Three Republicans would need to join with Democrats to block the bill meant to help with the state's budget woes.

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