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Evers calls on budget committee to meet on homelessness

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is taking the unusual step of calling on the Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee to meet this week and approve funding to combat homelessness.

Evers on Monday sent the committee co-chairs a letter calling on them to convene the meeting on Thursday. But the lawmakers say they will not meet on Thursday as Evers requested.

Evers says there is a "great urgency and real need" for the funding, especially given snow and cold weather throughout the state.

Assembly Republicans have generally been supportive of the funding, but have been rebuffed by Republicans in the Senate. 

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