Walker says Arizona-style immigration bill would be 'huge distraction'

Walker says Arizona-style immigration bill would be 'huge distraction'

Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he no longer favors an "Arizona-style" immigration bill that would allow local police to stop suspected illegal immigrants.

Walker had said in the past that he would favor such a bill.

But he told reporters Wednesday that such legislation would become a "huge distraction" from accomplishing his agenda to create jobs, develop the workforce, transform the education system, reform government and invest in infrastructure.

Asked if he would veto such a bill, the governor responded, "I'd push to make sure it didn't come up."

One possible reason for the shift: Republicans, including Walker, have said their party needs to reach out to Hispanic voters who went overwhelmingly for Democratic President Barack Obama in November.

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Assembly Republicans unveiled the plan Friday, which also includes a nearly $45 million cut to personal property taxes paid by businesses and about $100 million toward paying down state debt. The plan does not call for any additional spending on education, which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called for last week.

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