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Doyle: Marinette H.S. Incident Reason For Tougher Gun Laws


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Jim Doyle says the Marinette High School hostage incident shows why tougher gun control laws are needed.

Doyle said in Milwaukee Tuesday that he felt sorrow for those affected by the incident – in which student Samuel Hengel held almost 2 dozen students and a teacher hostage for 5 hours before he shot and killed himself. The 15-year-old Hengel died today.

On another matter, Doyle said he kept negotiating past due labor contracts with state employee unions because it would have been illegal to stop. Doyle’s replacement, Republican Scott Walker, has asked legislators not to ratify the contracts until he takes office January 3rd.

Walker says he wants to determine the impact on the next budget – which could be up to $3.3 billion in the hole. But Doyle says the money for the contracts had been placed in the current budget.

Details of the contracts have not been made public, but officials said they do not provide pay raises. They’re retroactive to July of 2009, and the deals would expire next summer.