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Rep. John Murtha, (R-Baldwin), left, and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, (R-River Falls).

GOP says special session needed; Democrats say focus on jobs

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While Democratic leaders are skeptical, local Republican legislators are pleased with Gov. Scott Walker's decision last week to call a "Back to Work Wisconsin" special legislative session.


Twenty-six bills, six authored by Democratic lawmakers, are on the fall session agenda. The bills are grouped in six categories: Access to capital, regulatory streamlining, workforce development, tax relief, transportation and infrastructure and "litigation certainty."

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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