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League analysis: 36 communities still in the red

MADISON (AP) -- A study by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities says 36 larger communities won't see enough savings from changes in public employees' contributions to cover the cost of proposed cuts in state funding.

Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly said making most state employees pay a greater share of pension and health care costs would make up for reduced state aid. But, the league's analysis shows the saving provisions would cover 61 percent of the cuts in 2012 to those communities.

The Republican governor is proposing cuts of about $136 million in aid to municipalities, including state shared revenue. The 36 municipalities, including West Bend, Racine and Milwaukee, would see state aid reduced by a total of nearly $49 million.

The savings from employee pension and health care contributions would total nearly $30 million -- leaving a $19 million gap.

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