Gov. Scott Walker's budget will cost Wisconsin jobs, veterans say


By Patrick Marley

Veterans urged Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday to reverse course on his plan to end setting minimum salaries for construction workers who build publicly funded projects.

“This is about fairness for veterans who have served our country nobly,” said David Kurtz, adjutant of the Wisconsin American Legion. “The loss of 2,000 jobs…won’t go unnoticed.”

Kurtz spoke at a Capitol news conference alongside more than two dozen veterans who said repealing the prevailing wage law would result in the loss of good-paying jobs that tend to attract veterans.

In response, a Walker spokesman argued the governor’s plan would save taxpayers money and give veterans and others more opportunities for jobs.

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