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Capitol prepped for governor's budget speech

MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin officials are asking for cooperation from protesters inside the state Capitol in order to prepare the building for Gov. Scott Walker's budget address.

Law enforcement officers are limiting traffic through the Capitol Monday to clean and secure the building, but will allow protesters inside. State Department of Administration officials say crowd sizes may be adjusted throughout the day to prepare for Walker's Tuesday afternoon address.

Police are still prohibiting items such as sleeping bags and blankets into the building.

That has not stopped protesters, who ignored a Sunday deadline to clear the building. Police did not forcibly remove protesters, allowing them to remain for another night.

Demonstrators have now spent two weeks protesting Walker's budget repair bill, which strips the majority of public employees of most collective bargaining rights.

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