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Dems say state budget hole will put a damper on their big ticket items

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Wisconsin's new Democratic leaders say the faltering economy will put a damper on their biggest ideas.

So for now, state Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, says the focus will be on items with smaller price tags, like giving fringe benefits to domestic partners of University of Wisconsin employees.

Madison is one of the few large campuses in the Midwest not to offer such benefits. UW spokesman David Giroux says it makes harder to recruit and keep top faculty members.

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