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Sen. Chris Larson urged protestors to stay strong.
“We’ve been here for the last 16 days we’ll continue to be here until worker’s rights are removed as the target in this budget repair bill by our governor,” he said.
Walker has said the bill is needed to ease a deficit that could hit $137 million by July and $3.6 billion by the middle of 2013. His proposal comes up with the money for this year in part by forcing state employees to pay for half the cost of their pensions and twice their current health care premiums _ concessions equivalent to an 8 percent pay cut.
With the labor bill stalled, Walker said layoffs may be necessary so the state can start to realize the $30 million savings he had assumed would come from the concessions. All state workers, except those at prisons, state hospitals and other facilities open around the clock, would be potential layoff targets.
Walker informed state employee unions Friday that he intends to issue layoff notices to 1,500 workers that would be effective on April 4.
Associated Press writer Caryn Rousseau contributed to this report from Chicago.
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