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Wisconsin Capitol Building Now Closed To Visitors

Wisconsin Capitol Police watch over the smaller number of protesters remaining in the capitol rotunda February 28, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. i i

Wisconsin Capitol Police watch over the smaller number of protesters remaining in the capitol rotunda February 28, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Wisconsin Capitol Police watch over the smaller number of protesters remaining in the capitol rotunda February 28, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Capitol Police watch over the smaller number of protesters remaining in the capitol rotunda February 28, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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As we noted earlier, hundreds of protesters opposed to Gov. Scott Walker's controversial financial legislation are still inside the Capitol building and aren't being forced to leave. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Wisconsin Department of Administration says it must clean up the building and won't allow new visitors inside until that's done.

Cleaning crews are preparing for Gov. Walker's budget address to state lawmakers tomorrow afternoon. Reuters reports he's delivered the latest ultimatum to absent Wisconsin senate Democrats: get back here in 24 hours or Wisconsin loses the chance to refinance its debt. The Democrats are still refusing to return unless Walker drops language in the bill banning collective bargaining rights for many public sector unions. The stalemate continues: Milwaukee Public Radio notes that Walker warns he may start issuing layoff notices this week if the Democrats don't vote on his bill.

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