Governor Scott Walker will propose workforce development efforts for the legislature. Walker said Wednesday that he expects to have an announcement soon, on a direction he’d like the legislature to go in this fall.

“A number of areas, from more we can do with our technical colleges, with our workforce development boards, but also more things we can do for people who are able, who have disabilities, to gain employment,” Walker said after addressing the Transportation Development Association in Middleton.

Walker said the fall session can be less contentious than the legislature’s budget session. “The budgetary process is a little more contentious time. In the fall, just as we tried to do two years ago, we want to set a more conciliatory environment,” he said.

Walker also responded to poll numbers from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm based in North Carolina, puts Walker ahead of four potential Democratic candidates.

“The only poll that matters is the one that’s going to be taken in November 2014,” he said. The poll shows Walker beating Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca by four points, former Commerce Secretary Mary Burke and state Senator Kathleen Vinehout by six points, and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson by seven points.

“Public Policy Polling is traditionally a Democrat-leaning poll, so the fact that we’re ahead of all the potential candidates I suppose is a good sign from our campaign’s standpoint,” the governor said.

“Being mentioned is flattering,” said Nelson. “But I certainly have not made any decision, one way or another.”

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