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Assembly Democrats meet with Walker official


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A group of Democratic Assembly members have presented to a top aide of Gov. Scott Walker an alternative plan that would keep collective bargaining rights in place for public workers.

The Democrats met Thursday afternoon with Mike Huebsch (HIPSH), secretary of Walker's Department of Administration. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the governor did not meet with the lawmakers.

Their plan would result in a balanced state budget, but unlike Walker's it wouldn't include the removal of collective bargaining rights. It would force public employees to pay more for pension and health care benefits, changes Walker has pushed and the unions have said they would accept.

The Assembly started debating the bill Tuesday and other than short breaks have been in session non-stop for more than 50 hours.

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