Budget panel will retain workplace commission

MADISON, Wis. - The leaders of the Legislature's finance committee say they won't agree to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate the commission that resolves workplace disputes.

The Labor and Industry Review Commission weighs appeals from administrative law judges' decisions in disputes involving unemployment benefits, worker's comp and workplace equal rights. Walker's proposed budget would eliminate the commission and its 26.5 positions and transfer its responsibilities elsewhere.

Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling told reporters Thursday that the panel will maintain the commission but cut some staff. The panel also will ask the state Supreme Court to survey its decisions to make sure the commission is following state statutes and not making the law.

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