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Walker says immediate action on budget likely

DEFOREST, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he will lay out specifics in his State of the State address next week about possibly needing to take emergency action on the state budget this year.

Walker stopped short Monday of saying he will call another special session for the Legislature to balance the state budget this year. Walker said it may be $130 million short or more.

Walker said he’s waiting to get more updated figures from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau before talking in more detail about what needs to be done.

Budget committee co-chair Sen. Alberta Darling said it appears that the Legislature will have to take emergency action to balance the budget this year. But she said it’s up to the governor to make the decision on how to proceed.

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