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Walker: Senate Dems need to return to Wis., do job


MADISON (AP) -- Republican Gov. Scott Walker says the state Senate Democrats who fled the state to delay voting on a sweeping anti-union bill need to come back to Wisconsin and do their jobs.

He told Fox News on Sunday that if Democrats want to participate in democracy they need to be in the arena, not hiding out.

Walker's bill would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs. It would also largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.

The proposal has spawned massive protests in Madison that are entering their sixth day.

Walker says unions have too much power, which limits the ability of state and local governments to control spending. He says his bill will prevent layoffs and help tackle a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

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