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Legislature to take up budget fix bill

Gov. Scott Walker speaks about the budget bill at a signing ceremony in Madison on March 11. The Legislature on Tuesday is expected to pass Walker's budget repair bill. (AP File Photo/Morry Gash)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature plans to pass a bill Tuesday that would plug a projected $137 million budget shortfall.

The measure proposed by Gov. Scott Walker includes portions of the bill stripping public workers of most collective bargaining rights that had been removed before it passed last month. The largest portion is a restructuring of state debt that saves $165 million this fiscal year.

Democratic leaders have indicated they support the plan and say it’s the approach Walker should have taken from the beginning instead of attacking union rights.

The collective bargaining law was in limbo pending court challenges. A Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis shows the budget will balance without that law as long as the other changes up Tuesday are enacted.

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