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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 3:59 PM 

Walker tells Cabinet he's already spoken with Dem leaders

Gov. Scott Walker told his Cabinet this afternoon that he spoke with Dem legislative leaders today after vowing to help bring the state together Tuesday following his recall election win.

"I think there's a good sense that people are ready to move on from this," Walker said at the outset of the Cabinet meeting in the Capitol.

Walker said he's had good working relationships with both Assembly Dem Leader Peter Barca and Senate Dem Leader Mark Miller in the past, and called the next few months "a tremendous opportunity."

"Today is a day when we don't have opponents," Walker said.

The meeting began with a lengthy standing ovation from Cabinet officials as the governor, First Lady Tonnette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch exchanged handshakes and hugs around the Governor's Conference Room.

Walker told Cabinet appointees that state agencies would take up the bulk of the work to help create jobs in the state with the Legislature likely not returning until next year, reiterating his goal of creating 250,000 new jobs in his first term.

-- By Andy Szal

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