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Barrett says Walker purposefully divided state

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MADISON (AP) -

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says Gov. Scott Walker purposefully divided Wisconsin with his collective bargaining proposal last year.

Barrett said in Friday's debate in Milwaukee that Walker decided to use a budget crisis "to try and divide and conquer this state."

Walker's proposal effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. Walker has refused to say whether he would sign or veto a bill that would go further and make Wisconsin a right to work state, saying he will oppose such a proposal and it will never pass.

But Barrett said during the debate Walker refuses to say if he'd veto such a bill because he would sign it.

The recall election is June 5.

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