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Gov Walker: A Look Ahead

Gov. Scott Walker looks at the upcoming legislative session as lawmakers return to work.

Each week, Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. The following is the transcript from the address titled A Look Ahead.

Hi I’m Scott Walker. 

Two years ago, Wisconsin was facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit and the state had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. Today, Wisconsin has a $341 million surplus and we set money aside in the rainy day fund for the first time in two consecutive years.  The unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.

In 2010, a mere 10 percent of employers surveyed said the state was headed in the right direction. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Wisconsin as the 41st state for business rankings.

In 2012, 94 percent said Wisconsin was headed in the right direction.  Chief Executive Magazine moved our ranking up to number 20, while CNBC listed us at 17th and Site Selector Magazine listed as 13th.

New business formations are up 11.1 percent from this time two years ago. Now we’re able to build off of this foundation as we take a look ahead. 

This week, the 101st session of the Wisconsin Legislature began with the inauguration of members of the State Senate and State Assembly.  I look forward to working with all four legislative caucuses to help improve our state for the next generation. 

Congratulations are in order for incoming Speaker Robin Vos, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and Minority Leader Chris Larson.  Their leadership positions came with responsibilities to leave any lingering disagreements in the past and to look for innovative ways to move Wisconsin forward. 

Working together with both Republicans and Democrats, we will focus on policies that help the private sector create jobs, transform education, reform government, develop our workforce, and improve our infrastructure. 

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Bren January 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Yup. Unless unfunded wars and massive tax cuts are "entitlements." Well we know the tax cuts are entitlements.
CowDung January 14, 2013 at 02:32 PM
What is your point? I'm not saying that it cannot happen, I'm saying that the governor alone cannot create tax rebates. The sales tax rebate you mention was made possible through a bill passed by the state legislature. http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lrb/pubs/Lb/99Lb2.pdf
morninmist January 15, 2013 at 05:28 PM
This IS WRONG! "Wisconsin's electricity rates in 2012 were above the national average and second-highest among eight Midwest states, both for residential and industrial customers. At 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, Wisconsin's residential rates were about 12 percent above the national average, while industrial rates averaging 7.5 cents a kilowatt-hour were 11 percent above the U.S. average. Big Wisconsin energy users get rate hike breaks http://www.journaltimes.com/news/state-and-regional/article_4779a418-c2be-58fc-a89d-27de1157cf0e.html#.UPTNYuADf6k.twitter Big energy users in Wisconsin are getting breaks on rate increases at the expense of other businesses and homeowners.
CowDung January 15, 2013 at 05:40 PM
It usually pays to buy in bulk. Why should electricity be any different?
morninmist January 15, 2013 at 05:46 PM
A very good article! http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/01/11/murphys-law-robin-hood-in-reverse/ Republicans’ tax plan assures that Wisconsin follows other states in the race to the bottom. ..... In short, Wisconsin’s tax system is Robin Hood in reverse: it rewards the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor. Yes, Wisconsin’s system is less regressive than most states, but the difference is not huge. In essence, you have a situation where state taxes are increasing the wealth inequity in America, and Vos wants to make sure Wisconsin’s poor people don’t fall behind other states in this race to the bottom. Consider what the Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker did to taxes in their first legislative term. They passed $36 million in capital gain taxes and 46 percent of those breaks will go to the top 2 percent of earners in Wisconsin, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. They also passed $49 million in tax breaks for those with Health Savings Accounts, again benefiting the well-to-do: the average income of someone with such an account is more than $100,000, according to the Government Accountability Office...

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