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Friday, March 30, 2012

 5:08 PM 

Falk, Walker weigh in

Kathleen Falk gave Tom Barrett an understandably warmer welcome to the guv's race than Scott Walker.

While welcoming Barrett, Falk also played up the work she's already done opposing Walker's agenda and noting the various Dems groups that have endorsed her.

"I have been working side by side with citizens around our state for over a year fighting hard against Gov. Walker’s extreme agenda," Falk said. "I have a plan to reverse the damage that Gov. Walker has done -- by bringing back openness, transparency, and accountability to government. It’s a battle to invest in education, repeal billions in tax giveaways to corporations, protect women’s health care and restore integrity to state government. Wisconsin needs to come together and we need jobs, and I am eager to heal our state and move us forward.”

Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews gave a preview of at least one attack the guv will likely toss at his latest challenger. She said property taxes have increased $48 million under Barrett, city spending has increased $338 million and Milwaukee's unemployment rate has gone up 27 percent.

“Under Mayor Barrett, Milwaukee has seen a dramatic increase in taxes and government spending, coupled with an astonishing loss of jobs. It is because of this dismal record, that Milwaukee has become the 9th poorest big city in the country," Matthews said. "Tom Barrett’s record of failed leadership as mayor of Milwaukee has twice been rejected by Wisconsin voters.”

-- By JR Ross

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