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UPDATE: Seats still full inside Joint Finance Committee hearing

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Seats are still full inside the joint finance committee hearing as speakers continue to come forward.

Lawmakers are expected to vote as soon as Thursday on ending collective bargaining for all state, county and local employees except local police and fire and state patrol. Legislative leaders say Walker now has enough support in both chambers to approve the measure. He says it's necessary to address a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit.

The Department of Administration estimates about 10,000 rallied outside of the State Capitol today, and roughly 3,000 were estimated inside, in protest of Gov. Walkers' budget plan.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) held a rally Tuesday. Some constituents told 27 News they were trying to talk to their representatives but all the doors are closed and no one is answering the phones.

Roughly 800 students from East High School were among those marching to the capitol, escorted by police.

Five former and two current Packer players are standing behind state union employees. Brady Poppinga and Jason Spitz along with former Packers Curtis Fuller, Chris Jacke, Charles Jordan, Bob Long and Steve Okoniewski have signed a letter supporting the AFL-CIO's efforts.

Members of ASCFME, educators and a handful of University of Wisconsin students chanted "Union Busting has got to go," as the state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee held hearings on Gov. Scott Walker's plan.

Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement on the public hearings, "We welcome public participation in our representative democracy. Unlike two years ago when Democrats did not hold a public hearing for the last budget repair bill, we want to listen to individuals' concerns. Due to the large number of participants, each person will be given up to 2 minutes to address the committee. This will ensure that everyone has their voice heard."

Day two of rallies at the Capitol, hosted by ALF-CIO, is expected to start at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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