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Budget battle continues at Capitol

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State lawmakers on both sides show no signs of backing down from the budget battle. 

Protesters are camping out in the state Capitol, and Democratic legislators are hiding out in Illinois, to avoid voting on a measure that would strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

The protesters say they're prepared to make concessions, but Gov. Walker, so far, is refusing to budge.

Another round of rallies today, the first began at noon and a second at 5 p.m. outside the Capitol. Large crowds are again expected as one of the state's largest districts -- Madison Metropolitan School District -- remains closed for a fourth day. The teacher's union chief is telling them to return to the classroom, instead of protesting at the state capitol. A spokesperson for MMSD says they plan to have classes Tuesday.

Gov. Walker is expected to hold a news conference at 5 p.m., addressing the controversy surrounding his budget repair bill. Watch 27 News at 5 p.m. for the latest details.

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