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  Falk: Veto pledge important for Wisconsin
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Feb 15, 2012 09:31pm
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AuthorKathleen Falk
News DateWednesday, February 15, 2012 10:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWisconsin deserves a governor who is open, honest and transparent, and will stand up and fight for what is right for our economy and for our middle class.

As the granddaughter of a Milwaukee bus driver, I learned early on how important collective bargaining has been to building the middle class in America — like my family and the rest of us.

It’s a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. It’s a core American value that built the middle class.

Gov. Scott Walker has a different view. Friday, he told a conservative convention in Washington, D.C.: “Collective bargaining is not a right. In the public sector, collective bargaining is an expensive entitlement.”

I served for 14 years as the Dane County executive and balanced 14 straight budgets. After the market crashed four years ago, I sat down with the county’s eight unions three years in a row and negotiated $10 million in savings for taxpayers through reduced salaries and changes in health care.
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