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Walker says a "vast majority" of Commerce Dept. workers will stay

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says a "vast majority" of state Commerce Department workers will be keeping their jobs under his proposal to change the agency into a public-private hybrid.

However, the ones who remain out of the 340 current workers will not be public employees with the renamed Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Walker says Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin assured the workers 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 says Jadin outlined the process.

The Legislature would have to approve Walker's plan before it could take effect.

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