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Report: Mary Burke won't guarantee tax hike, favors gay marriage

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Democrat Mary Burke says she would try to avoid raising state and local taxes if she's elected governor next year -- but she's not guaranteeing it. 

Burke tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she would have to look at the state's entire fiscal situation before deciding what to do on taxes. 

Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive, is the lone Democratic challenger to Scott Walker at the moment. 

She said she would fight efforts to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state in which employees would not have to pay union dues. Burke also said she opposed the state's photo ID law for voting, which is tied up in the courts. 

She's also against the constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions. 

Burke repeated she would not make any big promises on things like job creation, or repealing the state's Act 10 public union bargaining limits. 

State GOP director Joe Fadness said Burke has a long record of raising taxes, and voters should not be fooled. 

According to Politifact, Burke voted last year in favor of a nearly five percent tax hike while on the Madison School Board. The increase was later cut back to 1.75 percent. 

This year, Burke voted against a preliminary school budget with a 4.5 percent tax hike. She said any tax increase should be limited to inflation.