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Badger State Showdown: Walker's second shoe

“Gov. Scott Walker will reveal on Tuesday the full cuts in state programs such as health care for the poor and aid to local governments needed to balance the state's more than $3 billion budget deficit over the next two years,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes. “At the same time, the state will hit a deadline for doing a refinancing deal that the Republican governor said is key to solving a more immediate budget problem and preventing the layoffs of up to 1,500 state workers. On Monday, Senate Democrats who have blocked that deal by holing up in Illinois put forward their own plan that they said could prevent the layoffs even if the refinancing falls through.”

More: “Walker has drawn considerable controversy in recent weeks for a budget-repair bill that would repeal most union bargaining rights for public workers. But his 2011-'13 budget plan will have tough decisions that will affect even more people in the state - including what he says will be more than $1 billion in cuts to state aid to school districts and local governments. The budget repair ‘is the first shoe to drop, but it's the second shoe that's going to be the much bigger shoe,’ said Todd Berry, president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.”

Per the latest New York Times/CBS poll, “As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers to reduce state budget deficits.”

And a Pew poll finds that by a 42%-31% margin, Americans say they side with Wisconsin’s public employee unions over Republican Gov. Scott Walker. They are split, however, on who would be more to blame if the federal government shutdown – 36% say they would blame Republicans, 35% say Democrats, with 17% saying both.

The AP: “The state’s largest public employee union filed a complaint yesterday alleging Walker has engaged in unfair labor practices by refusing to negotiate.”