Police Let Protesters Stay at Wisc. Capitol

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Protesters in Wisconsin have showed no sign of backing down over the state's Republican-backed anti-union legislation.

Capitol police officials decided not to go through with their plans Sunday to forcibly remove the demonstrators from the state capitol building after many ignored a 4 p.m. deadline to leave.

"People here have acted lawfully and responsibly," Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said. "There's no reason to consider arrests."
     
Dozens of activists have camped out at the capitol building for two weeks in protest of legislation aimed at weakening unions.
    
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says removing union bargaining rights will help close a projected $3.6 billion state budget deficit.

"Year after year, governors and legislators before us have kicked the can down the road," Walker said. "We can't do that.  We're broke. It's about time someone stood up and told the truth in our state and said here's our problem, here's the solution and let's do this."
    
Meanwhile, governors in other states have been facing similar budget battles. On Sunday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she supports Walker's actions.

"You know, what we have to remember is we appreciate our public employees," Haley said. "But our job as governors is to look after the tax payers. And he's doing exactly what he promised to do - he is trying to trim his budget."

"He is trying to make the tough decisions that the people of Wisconsin wanted him to do," the South Carolina governor added.

Democrats who fled the Badger State to avoid a vote on the issue say they won't return back until the governor is willing to negotiate.

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