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Wisconsin state agencies say they can't cut budgets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- At least three Wisconsin state agencies say they can't meet Gov. Jim Doyle's orders to come up with plans to cut spending by 10 percent.

  It is an ominous sign of the tough budget-balancing task ahead.

  Railroad Commission Secretary Roger Breske says such a cut would reduce his office to a "dog-and-pony show."

  Doyle's administration issued the order in light of a projected $5 billion budget shortfall by July 2011.

  All agencies were originally asked to submit a plan by Monday, but Doyle waived the deadline saying deeper cuts may be needed.

  Doyle budget director Dave Schmiedicke says his office will work with all agencies in the coming weeks, including those that say they can't come up with cuts.

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