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Wis. Legislature set to take up budget bill


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Portions of a collective bargaining bill that were removed so it could pass without any Democrats present will be up for a vote in the Legislature on Tuesday.

Gov. Scott Walker's plan is designed to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.  It relies primarily on $165 million in savings through refinancing of state debt.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows that passage of the bill will leave the state with a $46 million balance by the end of June.

The collective bargaining bill is tied up in court and has yet to take effect.  Should that become law, higher benefit payments required of state workers would push the state's budget to more than $83 million in the black.

Democratic leaders say they support the bill to be voted on Tuesday.

Online Reporter:  Cami Mountain

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