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Ariz. Senate OKs resolution backing Wis. governor

Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for  state workers protest in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011.  A few dozen police officers stood between supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker on the muddy east lawn of the Capitol and the much larger group of pro-labor demonstrators who surrounded them.   The protest was peaceful as both sides exchanged chants of ?Pass the bill! Pass the bill!? and ?Kill the bill! Kill the bill!?  The Wisconsin governor, elected in November?s GOP wave that also gave control of the state Assembly and Senate to Republicans, set off the protests earlier this week by pushing ahead with a measure that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for state workers protest in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

To the irritation of minority Democrats, the Republican-led Arizona Senate is on record as supporting Wisconsin’s Republican governor in his fiscal belt-tightening efforts that include restricting collective bargaining for public employees.

The Senate voted along party lines Thursday for a resolution co-sponsored by all 61 Republican senators and representatives. That sends the measure to the Arizona House.

Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen of Snowflake says Arizona lawmakers want to show support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to tackle his state’s budget shortfall because that’s a challenge that Arizona also faces.

Democrats say the resolution wastes time and money because Republicans have already sent a letter to Wisconsin in support of Walker. And they say commenting on Wisconsin’s situation does not address Arizona’s own problems.

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