Walker Says Layoff Notices Coming

Friday, March 4th, 2011 at 7:18 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says today is the day. Walker insists he will start issuing layoff notices to state workers today because his bill to fix Wisconsin’s budget hasn’t even been voted on yet. The bill, which calls for state workers to pay more for their pension and health benefits, is controversial because it aims at taking away collective bargaining rights. Republicans have enough votes to pass the legislation, but the state’s 14 Democratic Senators have fled to Illinois.

Walker said in an interview yesterday with The Associated Press that he has to start this week so the state can achieve savings he envisioned under the bill starting in April. The layoffs wouldn’t take effect for 31 days and they could be revoked later.

Walker says he’s also negotiating with Senate Democrats to get them to return and vote on the bill. The 14 senators left town two weeks ago to avoid voting on the measure.

Walker still firm though, saying he won’t concede on the collective bargaining issue, but he may on others.

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