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Public hearing set for Walker's bill that would end collective bargaining


MADISON (AP) -- The public will get a chance at 10 a.m. Tuesday to tell lawmakers how they feel about Gov. Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for nearly all public employees in Wisconsin.

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee announced the hearing on Monday. It will take place in the state Capitol, but seating is limited.

The committee that hears the bill is made up of 12 Republicans and four Democrats. It is chaired by Rep. Robin Vos of Rochester and Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills.

They have both spoken in support of Walker's plan, which union members call an unfair assault on middle class workers. Walker says the changes are necessary to deal with the state budget shortfall.

The full Legislature is expected to take it up on Thursday.

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