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COPY-Battle heats up in right-to-work hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Testifiers are disagreeing over whether making Wisconsin a right-to-work state will improve the economy and help workers.

The Senate Labor Committee is slated to take testimony into the night Tuesday on the measure that would make it a crime to require private-sector workers to pay union dues.

Gordon Lafer, a professor at University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, says Wisconsin does better than right-to-work states on a variety of measures, including income, poverty levels and violent crime.

Wisconsin Public Research Institute president Mike Nichols says research has shown that passing the law would help the state's economy, raise wages and give workers more freedom.

The committee plans to vote on the bill tonight and the full Senate is expected to debate it starting Wednesday afternoon.

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