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Local reaction to potential state layoffs

By Bonnie Shelton

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Governor Scott Walker announced state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn't passed soon.

Governor Walker's announcement regarding possible pink slips next week is stirring up a lot of debate.

"It seems that he wants to ram through his ideas in the very first part of him being governor without adequate debate and consideration," commented Jerry Ugland.

"We the tax payers cannot keep supporting an unbalanced budget," said Leann Steltenpohl. "He should layoff whoever he needs to layoff. He should let go whoever he needs to let go."

People on both sides of the issue are fired up.

"I think it's important that the governor realizes that unions are the foundation of this country," said Mari Barr Santangelo. "He should pay more attention to the state employees."

Leann Steltenpohl said Walker is fighting what she believes is the good fight.

"He needs to support those of us who are tired of an unbalanced budget and public workers that are getting more than their share," she said.

Walker said the layoffs wouldn't take effect immediately. But the news still leaves some cold.

"Now he wants to take it out on public employees," Jerry Ugland commented.

"Those people work for the tax payers, they don't work for the union," Steltenpohl said. "We should be their collective bargaining."

It seems neither side is backing down from the conversation table.

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