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Union's response to Gov. Walker's budget address

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, who has played a strong role in rallies at the Capitol over the past two weeks, released this statement following Gov. Walker's budget address.

"The extreme cuts to essential services proposed by Gov. Walker today will damage Wisconsin residents and communities for generations to come.

Not only are his massive cuts to education and vital services harmful to the state's future, they place an unfair burden on Wisconsin's nurses, teachers, first responders and other public service providers. 

"We understand that the state faces significant challenges.  That is why we have agreed to accept all the financial concessions demanded by the governor in his budget repair bill," said Sue Monthey, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin.  

"We are disappointed that the Governor is continuing his assault on core Wisconsin values.  In Wisconsin, we honor the rights of every worker.  In Wisconsin, we believe in and investing in a brighter future for all," said Alan Hefter, Vice President of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin.

"He demands sacrifice from low and middle-income families, while continuing to hand out tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful.  This is not the way we do things in Wisconsin," said Joseph Gunter, LIUNA Local 464.

Wisconsin has faced tough times before, but never before has our state given in to the idea that the next generation will be worse off than the present. 

"It's time for the Governor and Republican Senators to show leadership and work across party lines to find a compromise that gets Wisconsin moving forward again and creating jobs," said Karen Ingmundson, IBEW Local 159."

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