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Walker says ‘quiet majority’ behind him

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he believes a “quiet majority” of Wisconsin residents are behind his plan to force public employees to pay more for health care and pension benefits. His plan would also remove nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

Walker spoke Friday on the fourth day in which thousands of pro-labor protesters converged on the Capitol building to oppose his proposal. Police estimated 40,000 people were at the Statehouse on Friday.

But Walker said he’s received 19,000 supportive e-mails this week.

Walker said he expected there to be a passionate response to his plan, but he stands by his position and believes it will pass the Legislature.

Senate Democrats skipped town Thursday to delay action there indefinitely.

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