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Walker Wants to Make State Workers Pay for Their Pensions


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Republican candidate for governor said Thursday he would save $180 million a year, by making state employees put their own money toward some of their own pensions.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker also said he would voluntarily pay for part of his own pension if he’s elected in November. Right now, state taxpayers cover both the employer and the employee contributions for their pensions. The idea has been proposed before, but it has never been adopted.

The state’s employee unions would have to agree to the change in their contract negotiations. Walker is running against former Congressman Mark Neumann in the GOP primary in mid-September. That winner will face Democrat Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor, in November.