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Pay reductions for state employees start today

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MADISON (WKOW) -

Today is the day state employees will see smaller paychecks.

They will start paying the increased contributions for healthcare and pension. It's called for in the state budget passed earlier this year. Gov. Walker says the changes are needed to close the budget gap.

Estimates for how large a pay cut this means for state workers range from roughly seven to 13 percent.

Some state employee union members are being encouraged to wear black today. A rally is planned to start at 4:30 p.m. at Library Mall and end at the Capitol.

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