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Walker urges no action on labor contracts

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker is urging lame duck Democrats not to convene a special session of the Legislature to approve public employee labor contracts.

Walker sent a letter Monday to outgoing Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly as well as the incoming Republican leaders.

Walker says he's going to need the maximum flexibility to deal with a projected two-year budget shortfall expected to be around $3 billion.

The contracts pending approval have not been publicly released. They cover the two year period that ends on June 30.

Walker says approving the contracts before he takes over on Jan. 3 will likely necessitate even more aggressive cuts than originally planned.

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