Budget Battle: Archbishop Listecki Weighs In

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Archbishop Jerome Listecki of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference is calling on state lawmakers to carefully consider the implications of Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to remove collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Listecki said in a statement Wednesday that lawmakers should evaluate how Walker's proposal affects the common good. He also calls on lawmakers, workers, labor unions and others to move beyond divisive words and work together so the state can recover from the recession.

Listecki's comments come on the second day of massive protests in Madison over the governor's plan that the Republican-controlled Legislature could vote on passing as soon as Thursday.

More than 13,000 people protested on Tuesday and the state estimated another 10,000 rallied on Wednesday.

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