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Wisconsin Assembly Democrats call right-to-work distracting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Minority Democrats in the state Assembly say Republican Gov. Scott Walker is using right-to-work legislation to distract from his budget proposal.

In a press conference Wednesday Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Assistant Democratic Leader Katrina Shankland said Walker is using the right-to-work bill to divert attention from unpopular points in his budget.

Walker has said he would not take up right-to-work because it would be a distraction from other issues. But Barca said Walker has pushed the issue back to the forefront to draw attention from the budget and to please conservative groups.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Juneau Republican, introduced the right-to-work bill, not Walker. A spokeswoman for the governor didn't immediately return a message.

The Senate is scheduled to debate the bill Wednesday starting at 1:30 p.m.

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