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Wis. Senate Democratic leader offers deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - One of the 14 Senate Democrats who skipped town is proposing a possible way out of Wisconsin's budget impasse.

Democratic Minority Leader Mark Miller sent a letter Wednesday to the Republican majority leader proposing that all parts of Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal be passed except those that don't directly affect the budget.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau identified the collective bargaining piece is a policy issue not related to the budget. But Walker has argued it is budget-related because the changes he is proposing would help local communities deal with coming budget cuts.

Walker and Republicans have rejected other possible compromises, continuing the impasse that has attracted thousands of anti-Walker protesters over two weeks.

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