Workers hold up Wisconsin flag during speech

CREATED Jan. 15, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Workers who support opening an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin are showing their support by joining Gov. Scott Walker at his State of the State speech.

Carpenters, millwrights and others stood behind Walker as he gave his speech Tuesday in the state Assembly gallery. They held a state of Wisconsin flag as Walker pointed out the image of a miner and a miner's tools.

Walker is calling on the Legislature to quickly pass a bill easing regulations to allow for a new iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin near Lake Superior.

Republicans who control the Legislature say they hope to pass a bill by early March.

Walker says the people with him at the speech "really want to get to work."