MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is praising state workers in an e-mail that describes how he wants to take away collective bargaining rights and force them to pay more for pension and health care benefits.
The e-mail he sent Friday thanks them for their service and then makes the case for the cuts. Walker is proposing doing away with the ability to bargain over anything except wages for all state and local public employees, including teachers. Local police and fire fighters and the state patrol would be exempt.
Walker asks state workers to work with him to rethink how government works.
Wisconsin faces a two-year $3.6 billion budget shortfall. Walker is calling on the Republican-controlled Legislature to approve the changes next week.
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