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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is calling Democrat legislators back to Wisconsin.
Walker released the following statement, "Out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process, I am calling on Senate Democrats to show up to work today, debate legislation and cast their vote. Their actions by leaving the state and hiding from voting are disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of public employees who showed up to work today and the millions of taxpayers they represent."
At a Thursday afternoon news conference, Governor Walker said he wants to talk to the Senate Democrats who did not show up at the capitol. He said he wants them to come back to work. Walker said he understands what they're fighting for, but they can't stand up for their constituents if they are out of state. A number of the senators gathered at a resort in Rockford, Illinois.
Walker reiterated his bill is about repairing the budget and avoiding massive layoffs.
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