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Mary Burke opens up about her plan to "Get Wisconsin on the path to prosperity"

Local 5 sits down the gubernatorial candidate

GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV)-- The most recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics, released in December, rank Wisconsin 37th in the nation for private sector job growth. 

That’s something gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is determined to change.

“That’s not acceptable," the Democratic candidate said during a sit down interview at WFRV. 

As a former Trek Bicycle executive, she raised annual sales from $3 million to $50 million and she helped small businesses grow during tenure as Secretary of Commerce. 

She said her strong background shows she’s ready to roll up her sleeves and create jobs in Wisconsin.  

“It’s very difficult to compete with companies in China and Asia.  But we do have everything that it takes to be successful here.  We need to encourage companies to innovate, to invest in the equipment that will make them competitive," she told Local 5's Jenn Sullivan.

But Burke wasn’t clear on how many jobs she’d like to create.  

“I’m going to be rolling out my plan for how I am going to create jobs in Wisconsin.”

When it comes to education though, Burke’s plan is clearer. 

She said public and private schools should work together to close gaps through programs like the Boys and Girls Club but the Student Choice Program she says is the wrong approach.

She said, “We are draining from our public schools and putting them into pro-schools that are unacceptable.”   

Another policy she disagrees with is Act 10.

“If you were elected governor, would you reverse Act 10?” asked Local 5's Jenn Sullivan.

“I would make sure public sector employees have the right to collective bargain.  I disagree with Act 10," Burke responded.

And as far as not having a Madison politician background, she says that could give her a fresh edge in this election.

“I know how to create jobs, I know how to improve education, and that’s how we’re going to get Wisconsin on the path to prosperity," she said.

Gov. Walker has not made an official announcement yet

In Green Bay Thursday, he told reporters, he would likely make an announcement in the spring.

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