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Gov. Walker warns of layoffs if budget repair bill doesn't pass soon

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker is warning if his budget repair bill doesn't pass soon, state workers could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week.

Walker said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press, "Hopefully we don't get to that point." 

Walker didn't say which workers would be targeted.

Senate Democrats crossed the state line last week to stall Walker's bill that would end most collective bargaining rights for state workers. It would also raise what workers pay in pensions and health care. Walker says the changes are necessary to help close the state's roughly $137 million budget gap.

The Assembly is expected to begin debate of the bill later Tuesday.

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