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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s polarizing union rights law is set to take effect after the state Supreme Court determined that a judge overstepped her authority when she voided the governor’s plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

The ruling Tuesday evening was a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who said the law was needed to help address the state’s $3.6 billion budget shortfall. His proposal — which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators to the state Capitol for weeks earlier this year — thrust Wisconsin to the forefront of a national debate over labor rights.

 

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