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Walker says he has no doubt proposal will pass


MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he has no doubt the Republican-controlled Legislature will pass his emergency budget bill that forces state workers to pay more for their pensions and health insurance coverage and takes away most collective bargaining rights.

Walker said Friday that he had no doubt both the Senate and Assembly would pass it given the alternatives. He says not passing the plan will force the layoffs of 1,500 state workers over the next four months and up to 6,000 over the next two years.

Wisconsin faces a two-year $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Walker is calling on the Legislature to pass the bill next week. He first unveiled details of the plan to Republican lawmakers on Thursday.

Democrats, union leaders and others say it's irresponsible to move so fast.

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