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Walker forging ahead with anti-union bill


MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he has the votes to pass a bill removing collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Walker says he is open to making changes to the measure, but that he will not "fundamentally undermine the principles" he is proposing.

Senate Republicans met in secret earlier Wednesday in advance of a planned vote on the bill in the Legislature's budget committee.

More than 13,000 protesters descended on the Capitol a day earlier to participate in a 17-hour public hearing. Thousands more came on Wednesday, with hundreds chanting outside his office door, "Recall Walker now!"

The full Legislature could start voting on the bill as soon as Thursday. Walker has said concessions are needed from public employees to help balance a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

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