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March 11, 2011

For Immediate Release

Madison – Governor Scott Walker directed the Department of Administration and the Office of State Employment Relations to rescind layoff notices today because the budget repair bill passed the Legislature.

Along with this announcement Governor Walker released the following statement:

The Legislature helped us save 1,500 middle-class jobs by moving forward this week with the budget repair bill. The state will now be able to realize $30 million in savings to balance the budget and allow 1,500 state employees to keep their jobs.  The reforms contained in this legislation, which require modest health care and pension contributions from all public employees, will help put Wisconsin on a path to fiscal sustainability.

While tough budget choices certainly still lie ahead, both state and local units of government will not have to do any mass layoffs or direct service reductions because of the reforms contained in the budget repair bill.  Moving forward, the hardworking, professional public sector employees who show up to work every day and do an excellent job will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.