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Walker calls on Democrats to return to Capitol

MADISON (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker is calling on Democrats who are boycotting to return to Madison to vote on Walker's proposal to remove collective bargaining rights from nearly all state workers.

Walker issued a statement Thursday after the Democrats failed to show up for the vote, causing an indefinite delay. Thousands of protesters filled the halls of the Capitol urging rejection of the bill, which Walker says is needed to deal with a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Walker says Democrats should return out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process. He says their actions are disrespectful to public employees and taxpayers they represent.

Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach says they won't come back until Walker is willing to negotiate.

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