Democrats look to heal wounds with new session

Democrats look to heal wounds with new session
Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca

Democratic leaders of the state Assembly and Senate said they hope to heal wounds this year and work in a more bipartisan fashion with Republicans.

Democrats don’t have the votes to stop Republican initiatives in the Legislature. But Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca said Monday before the start of the 2013 session that the public expects members of both parties to work together.

He said hopefully “past wounds will be healed to some degree.” Last session was marked by the bruising collective bargaining fight that led to series of recalls against lawmakers and Gov. Scott Walker.

Barca and Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson are calling on Republicans to work with them on bills to strengthen worker training and improve the economy.