MILWAUKEE -

Gov. Scott Walker said he won't pursue any new bills on public or private unions in the coming legislative session.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker said he told legislative leaders from his party that he saw more labor legislation as a "huge distraction" from his core priorities of boosting the state's economy, improving schools and training workers.

He said it would hurt job growth to have another round of bitter debate like the one that accompanied his plan to repeal most collective bargaining for most public workers.

The topic has been in the news this week again as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed laws prohibiting his state's unions and managers from requiring employees at a given workplace to pay union dues.