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Wis. mayors object to spending cuts under budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Mayors and city officials from across the state are calling on lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee to restore funding that Gov. Scott Walker proposes to cut.

Racine Mayor John Dickert said Wednesday that Walker’s budget would cut cities by $136 million, but only about 60 percent of that would be made up through his currently stalled proposal requiring public workers to pay more for their pension and health care benefits.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said the cities’ numbers are wrong and they would be able to make up for nearly all the cuts through the collective bargaining savings.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett specifically faulted Walker’s plan to cut recycling aid by 40 percent. He says he’s consulting with his city attorney about whether the move is illegal.

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