Battle heats up over Wis. budget; LEO unions 'exempt'?
By Mary Spicuzza and Clay Barbour
MADISON, Wis. — Republican lawmakers were unusually silent Monday about whether they supported Gov. Scott Walker's plan to effectively end collective bargaining for nearly all public employees, even as hundreds of students filled the state Capitol with chants of "kill this bill."
Legislators are expected today to hold a public hearing on Walker's controversial proposal, the first step in what likely will be the governor's toughest legislative battle since taking office six weeks ago.
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