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Deal on residency requirement in the works

Published On: May 08 2013 01:31:24 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

A compromise to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal eliminating a residency requirement for public workers statewide is being discussed in the Legislature.

Rep. John Nygren said Wednesday the deal would require public workers to live within a certain distance from the municipality where they work or face a financial penalty.

He said the allowable distance as well as the level of financial penalty is still being negotiated. Nygren says the deal is a "work in progress."

Nygren is co-chair of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. It is scheduled to vote Thursday on Walker's proposal to eliminate the residency requirement.

The mayors of Milwaukee and Madison along with other local officials spoke out Wednesday at the Capitol in support of keeping the residency requirement.

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