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Gov. Walker won't pursue right-to-work, 'This is not a wink and nod thing'

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses a crowd at Monterey Mills in Janesville, Wisconsin, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses a crowd at Monterey Mills in Janesville, Wisconsin, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Governor Scott Walker said Friday he would not pursue any major bills that affect public or private unions in the next two-year session.

The Republican said he would not touch the right-to-work issue until it was debated in an election campaign.

Walker met with reporters and editors from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Walker says the right-to-work issue would be a huge distraction from his priorities to boost the economy and create jobs. Walker went one step further, saying quote, “This is not a wink and nod thing. I’m not saying, ‘I’m not going to push but you guys go ahead,” referring to the Legislature.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said his house would not pursue a right-to-work bill in the next two years – but Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald has been silent on the subject.

Walker said it would hurt job growth in Wisconsin if the state had another bitter debate and demonstrations like those related to the 2011 limits on public union bargaining.

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