CHICAGO — Milwaukee County officials are hoping Wisconsin lawmakers act soon on a bill that would pave the way for a bond issue to eliminate an estimated $330 million unfunded pension liability that is straining county coffers because of rapidly growing annual payments.

The bill has bipartisan support, having recently cleared a Senate committee by a unanimous vote and an Assembly committee in an eight-to-one vote. The Senate is controlled by Democrats and the Assembly by Republicans, while Gov. Jim Doyle is a Democrat and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker — who initially proposed the borrowing plan four years ago — is a Republican.

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