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Dem Falk would veto budget unless collective bargaining restored

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Public union leaders have asked the Democratic candidates for governor if they will promise to veto the entire state budget next year if it does not restore the unions’ collective bargaining privileges.

And Kathleen Falk made that pledge.

Falk spokesman Scot Ross told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that a governor’s job is to veto budget items that don’t reflect citizens’ values. And, “That’s why a million people signed recall petitions – because Scott Walker’s budgets don’t reflect citizens’ values.”

Wednesday afternoon, Wisconsin’s largest teachers’ union said it would endorse Falk, the former Dane County executive who went on a statewide tour this week to highlight her candidacy.

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma announced Wednesday that she’ll run against Falk in a Democratic primary.

Senate Democrat Tim Cullen of Janesville considered running but decided not to. He told the Journal Sentinel that he was asked by public unions if he’d veto any budget that does not restore collective bargaining.

Cullen refused to make the promise. In his words, “I did not think any serious candidate for governor could or should make that commitment – It’s a $60 billion document.”

Cullen said the budget includes other key priorities like health care and education. And he said Republicans would certainly not go for a restoring of union bargaining – which would set a long stalemate for months like the one over the 2007 budget. 

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