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Walker to cut union rights in budget

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says in an exclusive interview that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole.

Walker told The Associated Press on Thursday that no one should be surprised by the move that he is asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to approve next week given that he's talked about doing it for two months.

He says the cuts are necessary to avoid up to 6,000 state employee layoffs.

The state faces a $137 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Walker says he will call a special session of the Legislature on Friday and ask them to pass his plan next week.

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