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Walker visits Wausau while protesters head to Madison


 By Anna Carrera - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Protesters packed onto buses Tuesday morning, saying they want their voices heard in Madison.

Protesters said Governor Scott Walker plans to take away the union's collective bargaining rights in order to solve the state's budget problems. Some said Governor Walker has become unreasonable, refusing to budge on issues that affect their own budgets and their livelihood.

"They voted because they wanted to improve the economy and create jobs," said former AFSCME president Michael Murphy. "This is doing exactly the opposite in our view and we're going to let the legislature know."


Governor Walker said his proposed bill has nothing to do with being a "union-buster." He said his plan is all about balancing the budget.

"We're broke," said Governor Walker. "We don't have anything to negotiate with. We can't come to the negotiating table because we wouldn't be bargaining in good faith because we don't have anything to offer."


Police, fire and state patrol employees would not be affected by Walker's proposal because he said one of the public's most consistent concerns has been safety. Walker said the bill could save $300 million for the state.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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