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Senate President: Enough votes to pass Walker's proposal

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Walker's plan to end collective bargaining rights for nearly all public employees looks to have enough votes to pass the Senate.

Senate President Mike Ellis of Neenah told The Associated Press that there are the 17 votes needed in the 19-member Republican caucus to pass Walker's proposal.

Ellis says senators are worried that not passing the plan would lead to thousands of layoffs.

Meanwhile, outside the capitol, thousands of union members are gathering for a public hearing.

Ellis says he would have preferred to vote on a different version of the bill, but as it stands now Walker has the votes to get what he wants.

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