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Walker: Layoffs Loom for Wis. Workers

Things got a little lively in Wisconsin on Thursday, as news hit the wires that the state Senate had voted to allow the arrest of more than a dozen Democratic senators who had fled the state in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious union-busting bill and that Walker was planning to pass pink slips to 1,500 state workers Friday if said bill doesn’t pass by then. –KA

AP via Google News:

Walker said he has to issue the layoff notices starting Friday so the state can start to realize the $30 million savings he had assumed would come from the state worker concessions contained in the bill. The layoffs wouldn’t be effective for 31 days, and Walker said he could rescind them if the bill passed in the meantime.

All state workers, except those in prisons, state hospitals and other facilities open around the clock, would be potential layoff targets, he said.

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