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Walker will not pursue right-to-work in Wisconsin

Fresh from his victory in the nationally-watched recall election in Wisconsin last week, Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he will not pursue what many in the Badger State have predicted would be the next step in his conservative agenda: making Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

“No, I’m not going to do it,” Walker told Human Events at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, thus making the strongest statement yet in ruling out a right-to-work law for Wisconsin. In televised debates with Democratic opponent Tom Barrett during the recent campaign, the closest Walker had come to distancing himself from the cause that most upsets labor unions was to say, when asked if he would sign right-to-work if it came to his desk, that he “didn’t expect it to come to my desk.”

Two nights after he hosted legislators from both parties to an evening of supper and beer at his official residence in Madison — in which Walker himself served the food — the governor sounded very conciliatory toward the unions who tried to oust him. Noting his clash with public sector unions, he went on to say that he had worked with private sector unions and they would be “partners” in issues such as economic development.

Rather than pursue right-to-work or overhauling the state’s pension system in favor of a 401(k) program such as many private businesses have, Walker instead spoke of “school accountability”as a cause he would pursue when the new legislature convenes in January.

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Rather than pursue right-to-work laws, Wisconsin's Gov. Walker has promised that "school accountability" is a cause he would pursue.

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Walker will not pursue right-to-work in Wisconsin

Rather than pursue right-to-work laws, Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker has promised that “school accountability” is a cause he would pursue.

Fresh from his victory in the nationally-watched recall election in Wisconsin last week, Republican Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he will not pursue what many in the Badger State have predicted would be the next step in his conservative agenda: making Wisconsin a right-to-work state.

??No, I??m not going to do it,? Walker told Human Events at a press breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, thus making the strongest statement yet in ruling out a right-to-work law for Wisconsin. In televised debates with Democratic opponent Tom Barrett during the recent campaign, the closest Walker had come to distancing himself from the cause that most upsets labor unions was to say, when asked if he would sign right-to-work if it came to his desk, that he ??didn??t expect it to come to my desk.?

Two nights after he hosted legislators from both parties to an evening of supper and beer at his official residence in Madison — in which Walker himself served the food — the governor sounded very conciliatory toward the unions who tried to oust him. Noting his clash with public sector unions, he went on to say that he had worked with private sector unions and they would be ??partners? in issues such as economic development.

Rather than pursue right-to-work or overhauling the state??s pension system in favor of a 401(k) program such as many private businesses have, Walker instead spoke of ??school accountability?as a cause he would pursue when the new legislature convenes in January.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ??the man who knows everyone in Washington? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what??s going on in the nation??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ??Gizzi on Politics? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ??Gizzi??s America,? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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