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Walker says most Commerce workers will stay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says the “vast majority” of the 240 state Commerce Department workers will remain with the agency under his proposal to transform it into a public-private hybrid.

However, those who remain with the renamed Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will not be public employees.

Walker said Tuesday that Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin spoke to employees at the agency on Monday and assured them that the majority will be transferred to the new agency “presuming they’re doing a good job.”

Union leaders and Democrats have questioned whether Walker can summarily replace current state employees with private workers.

Walker said Jadin outlined the process by which the workers could transfer over to the new agency.

The Legislature would have to approve Walker’s plan before it takes effect.

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