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Following budget address, Walker traveling state to discuss plan


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he's going around the state to discuss the merits of his biennial budget plan which was unveiled Tuesday afternoon.

The governor spoke at a news conference on Wednesday morning in Milwaukee.

Walker said, "We acted right away to lower the tax burden... to create a better environment to show Wisconsin is open for business."

Walker's budget relies on getting concessions from government employees to help pay for about $1 billion cuts in aid to schools, counties and cities.

In response to deep cuts, Walker said, "State government needs to get leaner and cleaner, and that's exactly what we're doing."

Governor Walker again made a call for the 14 Democratic Senators to return to Wisconsin to vote on his budget repair bill, which ends most collective bargaining rights for state employees.

The governor has warned that there could be at least 1,500 layoffs if those Senators don't return. 

Walker says he'll push off any layoffs as far as possible. But he says the Democrats have made their point by staying away and it's time to return.

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