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Wisconsin stalemate could drag on for months


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's budget stalemate over union bargaining rights shows no sign of resolution -- and it could be a long wait.

The governor isn't budging. AWOL Democrats aren't planning to come back. And, despite talk of deadlines and threats of mass layoffs, the state doesn't really have to pass a budget to pay its bills until at least May. Even then, there may be other options that could extend the standoff for months.

Mordecai Lee, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, says the impasse is "a battle to the death."

Unless one party comes up with a compromise that the other party will accept, the confrontation could go on indefinitely -- or at least until the summer.

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