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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic legislative leaders are getting behind Gov. Scott Walker's latest plan to address the state's current $137 million budget shortfall. Walker introduced his latest plan on Wednesday, which relies heavily on debt refinancing to save $165 million.

Walker had previously proposed steps to balance the budget as part of the collective bargaining law that were removed before that measure passed earlier this month.

 Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca both praised the plan, saying it was the approach Walker should have taken from the beginning instead of also going after collective bargaining rights

The Legislature is expected to vote on the plan Tuesday.

The future of the collective bargaining law remains in limbo given ongoing legal challenges.

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