The posse of Wisconsin state senators who left the building — not to mention Wisconsin — last month to thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to quash state employees’ collective bargaining powers proposed a meeting with the governor somewhere by the Illinois-Wisconsin border, but Walker called the missing Democrats’ idea “ridiculous” and refused to budge Monday. –KA


Sen. Mark Miller sent the letter to Walker on Monday, offering a border summit as a way to resume stalled negotiations on the state’s budget.

[…] But Walker said top Republican lawmakers and even members of his own staff have already met repeatedly with some of the senators, including one meeting over hot chocolate at a McDonald’s restaurant. Walker said the talks seemed to be making progress and the Democrats’ return seemed imminent.

“Time and time again, the person standing in the way of making that possible is Sen. Mark Miller,” Walker said.

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