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Gov. Walker says right-to-work would be "distraction" in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

GRAND CHUTE, WI (WTAQ) - As Michigan adopts right-to-work legislation, could Wisconsin be far behind?? 

Governor Scott Walker didn't rule it out, but says it's not a good idea for the Badger State.

At a "Talk with Walker" event at Surface Mount Technologies in Grand Chute, Governor Walker says people are ready to move past the divisiveness of the Act 10 changes made in 2010, which curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees.

The Republican said the right-to-work movement is different than what the Wisconsin Legislature passed. 

"We really didn't target unions, what we did was stand up for taxpayers," Walker said, adding it would be a huge distraction. 

However, State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber (D-Appleton) says she doesn't believe that means right-to-work won't still come up in the Legislature. 

"Their passing this and they way they did it is not good from my perspective. I think Michigan being the first state in the Midwest to do it could give other states 'oh well maybe we should think about this, maybe we could do this.' I don't think it's a good idea, I don't support right-to-work laws." 

Walker did not say he wouldn't sign right-to-work legislation if it crossed his desk, just that he wouldn't push it as part of his agenda. Still, Bernard Schaber says she and other Democrats will be ready for the possibility. 

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