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Senate continues to block cutting free health care for lawmakers

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Wisconsin lawmakers will consider spending cuts, tax hikes and accounting tricks to close the new $650 million budget deficit.

One thing they apparently won't consider is cutting a rare benefit for themselves - free health insurance when they retire in the amount of the sick leave they don't use.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in 2006 that the perk could cost taxpayers up to $3.2 million. That's because lawmakers at the time hardly used any sick leave.

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