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Budgets on the brink


MADISON (WKOW) -- It's not just in Wisconsin where a budget battle rages on, governors and state legislatures across the country are grappling with resolving huge budget deficits.

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia project budget shortfalls totaling $125 billion, and lots of tough choices have to be made. But the most pitched battle over resolving the funding gap is right here in Madison.

Thousands of workers and their supporters are now on day five of large protests at the Capitol, against Gov. Scott Walker who is looking to end collective bargaining rights for the public union workers.

The bill has enough votes to pass, but more than a dozen Democratic senators fled the state Thursday to block the bill from being passed. They're calling on the governor to negotiate any give backs from the unions, and letting workers have the ability to bargain over wages, benefits and work rules.

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