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Walker makes unusual call to freeze projects prior to his inauguration

Governor-Elect Scott Walker wants the state to halt actions on several major issues, until he takes office in January. His public request is uncommon.

Governor-Elect Scott Walker wants the state to halt actions on several major issues, until he takes office in January. His public request is uncommon.

It isn't just high speed rail that Walker wants to stop. Thursday, he sent the media a copy of a letter he sent to the state Department of Administration. In the document, he asks that local startups of any new federal health care law provisions, like exchanges, be frozen until Jan. 3. He also would like a suspension of any state employee contract talks, to halt political appointees from moving into state civil service jobs, freeze the passage of any new administrative rules, and to have the state install a natural gas boiler instead of a biomass boiler at the Charter Street power plant in Madison. Walker says his public request may be unprecedented in recent times, but says the next state budget has a huge hole in it.

Administration Secretary Dan Schooff wrote Walker back that the Republican Governor-elect has not been briefed on the various items. Schoof says the health care exchanges Walker mentions won't go into effect until 2013 at the earliest. Schoof adds that the Charter Street plant has natural gas capabilities along with the biomass fuel purchased from Wisconsin farmers and foresters. Schooff declined to be interviewed.

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