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Mary Burke on UpFront: Talking Taxes and Job Creation


Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke enters her second week of campaigning.

She's the only Democrat so far to formally announce she's challenging Republican Governor Scott Walker in 2014.

In the first week, the questions quickly turned to taxes and job creation.

In her first extensive TV interview, Burke appeared Sunday morning on UpFront With Mike Gousha.

"It will be about qualifications," she said. "It will be about leadership and who they want to see lead this state."

On Thursday, Governor Walker called a special legislative session to give schools $100 million to cut property taxes.

"For seniors, for working families, for farmers, for small business owners," Walker said. "That was one of the biggest complaints they had - that property taxes would continue at percentages they just couldn't afford."

On UpFront, Burke was asked if taxes are too high in Wisconsin.

"Hey, you know, no one wants to pay taxes, right?" Burke responded. "We should always make sure we are being as responsible with taxpayer's money as possible, and keeping our taxes and fees as low as possible, but you know sometimes you need to make investments."

Friday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a company Burke used in her video campaign announcement saying she helped bring it to Wisconsin during her time as commerce secretary in Governor Jim Doyle's administration, Uline's CEO told the paper he didn't even know her.

Sunday Burke defended her involvement.

"I'm really proud of the role I played," she said. "I went down to Uline to meet with their leadership staff, and commerce worked with them to hammer out a deal. We were in competition with Illinois with that and we got them to move."

As for a potential Democratic primary, Burke says, "I'm getting in it to win, so whether there's a primary or not is not going to affect me."

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