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Democratic leaders met in secret to try to reach a budget agreement

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Democratic legislative leaders met secretly Wednesday to try and hammer out an agreement on the new state budget.

Gov. Jim Doyle says the budget needs to be signed by next Wednesday or else the state would miss deadlines to qualify for certain federal funds.

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Tuesday, Doyle ordered both houses into a special session this afternoon to pass a separate expansion of the hospital tax to include ambulatory surgery centers.

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