Wis. Gov. Escalates Budget Battle With Democrats Gov. Scott Walker says he'll issue layoff notices to state workers Friday if no Democratic state senators return to vote on his proposal to balance Wisconsin's budget. The bill would make state workers pay more for their benefits, and it would take away most of their collective bargaining rights. The bill has sparked weeks of protests.
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Wis. Gov. Escalates Budget Battle With Democrats

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Wis. Gov. Escalates Budget Battle With Democrats

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's business news starts with the showdown in Wisconsin.

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INSKEEP: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he will issue layoff notices to state workers today if no Democratic state senators return to vote on his proposal to balance the state's budget. Democrats in the State Senate fled to neighboring Illinois so they would not have to vote on that controversial bill. They've been out for weeks now. The bill would make state workers pay more for their benefits, and of political significance, it would take away most of their collective bargaining rights.

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