Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has issued a statement in response to the Senate Democrats' departure from the state to avoid a vote on legislation that would require public union employees to pay more for their health insurance and pensions:

Out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process, I am calling on Senate Democrats to show up to work today, debate legislation and cast their vote. Their actions by leaving the state and hiding from voting are disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of public employees who showed up to work today and the millions of taxpayers they represent.

ABC News has a video of Walker defending his budget bill yesterday:

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