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Governor Lays Out Priorities In Speech to Chamber

Gov. Scott Walker spoke to the Oak Creek-Franklin business community about his plans for economic development and more.

Gov. Scott Walker took his message to the Oak Creek-Franklin area Wednesday night, laying out his priorities to about 220 members of the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce.

The governor keyed on economic development during his 30-minute speech at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6401 S. 13th St., where he also delivered high praise for the Oak Creek-Franklin area.

"Oak Creek and Franklin are where it's happening—not just in Milwaukee County, but all across the state," he said to loud applause.

Walker laid out the same priorities he did in his State of the State address: creating jobs, workforce development, education, government reform and infrastructure.

The governor said they match those of the business community.

"We are committed to working with you," Walker said.

With several representatives of Caterpillar in attendance, Walker urged passage of a mining bill he said will create jobs not just in northwestern Wisconsin, where a mine is proposed, but in this part of the state as well.

"Some may say (it's) on the other side of the state, but really it has an impact right here in southeastern Wisconsin," Walker said. "When we have a new mine up in northwestern Wisconsin, that means more work for anyone, whether it's a big company like Caterpillar or any other company in between."

Earlier in the day, the governor traveled around the state with Reed Hall, appointed Tuesday as chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Hall was also at the chamber event.

The appointment has been criticized by Democrats, including state Sen. Chris Larson.

"Secretary and CEO Hall, with very little economic development experience, is the least qualified of those considered for the position," Larson said in a news release.

Walker, meanwhile, told South Suburban Chamber members that Hall and the WEDC will play a big role in creating jobs, but success won't be driven from Madison. It will come region by region, community by  community, Walker said.

How many jobs, and whether it will meet Walker's promise to add 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term, remains to be seen.

Much has been made of that number and the slow pace toward that goal so far. But Walker said it wasn't just a campaign promise—it was "much more profound than that."

He said he wanted to have a positive impact on the numerous families and communities he saw hurting from the recession.

"If we hit that goal, exceed that goal, that means now there are at least 250,000 people, more importantly 250,000 families, in our state where someone has a job," he said. "Where someone can go back to their house every night and not have to worry quite so hard about putting food on their table, or putting clothes on the backs of our kids, or ultimately making that mortgage payment."

Mr Lundt January 31, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Overcoming Obama crony give aways won't be easy.
Bren January 31, 2013 at 07:30 PM
So Scott Walker wants to start mining in southeastern Wisconsin/Oak Creek-Franklin. Why not?
CowDung January 31, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Did you miss the part about the guys from Caterpillar in attendance? Jobs created by the mines aren't limited to the location of the mines, but rather all the locations where digging and/or mining equipment is manufactured.
Blair Nielsen January 31, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Wow, a DEM. (Larson) complains about wasting money? What's this country coming to?
Lyle Ruble January 31, 2013 at 08:47 PM
There wasn't anything new in his speech, hardly worth reporting. Just more of the same.
Bren January 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Perhaps/perhaps not. And I note he was also talking about "exceeding" the 250,000 new jobs goal. To me, the only jobs that count as "new" are those that add to the baseline job number the day he took office. Any jobs lost would have to be made up and the baseline restored in order for an added job to be considered "new."
Bren January 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I agree. Freshwater is overrated.
Franklin Today February 01, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Did County Supervisor Steve Taylor whisper "I love you, really I do" in his ear?
Greg February 01, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Bren has writing skill, but is sometimes lazy and redundant. In this case Bren is flat out confused. I guess this kind of misunderstanding is what results in Bren's lack of respect for the Governor. Bren reads what Bren wants to read, the real story does not fit Bren's boring agenda.
vocal local 1 February 01, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Actually Bren, off shore drilling was tried a couple of times here in OC on Oakwood Road by Marino Construction in the 90's. Marino broke the expensive drill tips and gave up. County is now attempting to purchase that land. We have several geological indicators of oil: blue clay, peat, sulfur water, natural gas and while digging out the tunnels for the power plant expansion crystals were common in the excavated soil from the lake bed. The dept. of Interior mapped US natural resources in the 30's. In the early fifties while renovating the home on Garden Place and HWY 32 the natural gas caught fire, putting it out was a problem. I don't remember how they finally put it out. Peat used to burn on 15th and Ryan on the S.W. corner where a house now sits. Used to be a beer bar on that corner that burned down. Del, a former Alderman now owns that property. I've always wonder how safe that house is. DNR permit is/was five hundred bucks. I would think the best place to drill would be along the Green Space Corridor where the county wants to put the extension to the Lakefront Freeway. Verhalen owns the land on Ryan and Nicholson that has been identified as having some of the oldest soil in the city. He stripped the top soil off and created large but shallow storm water basin two years ago. So now on top of all our beautiful high tension electric towers were going to see oil rigs? Where will they send it for processing and how will it get there?
Tansandy February 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM
?????????????Did I miss something in the article? Where did he state he wants to start mining here? Even the mine up north will give jobs to people of this area. Take a good look at the unemployment rate in SE Wisconsin. Anything will help.
The Donny Show February 01, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Cow, Bren and all the liberals dont care about jobs, the economy, etc. They are only looking out for themselves and their socialist-leaning ideas of fairness and redistribution. If Sticky-Fingers Larson came up with the mining idea, it would have been BRILLIANT! Of course the idea is a good one. It will help the WHOLE STATE. The libs will never tell you that though. They know that. They are just afraid of how beloved Walker will be after this. Carry on.
Bottom Line February 01, 2013 at 04:18 PM
While Bren misunderstood, the Governor did not talk about mining in SE WI. However, ... if mining opportunities exists in SE WI, I would happily invite investors to develop companies that could enrich our economy and create jobs. Thanks again, Governor Walker, for your effort and vision that enables our recovery.
scot February 01, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Crook, Lair, Cheat! http://click.journalinteractivemail.com/?qs=9760dd088475302b2156853e4caaf2fa0091eca5592889b555a0bdff75bbc7e5
Jack February 01, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Chris 'the thief' Larson is one to talk about wasting money.
Greg February 01, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I think the story was about an event, would that not be news worthy? Or was the "Just more of the same" in regards to your comment?
Greg February 01, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Do you have a link that backs up your childish name calling? The link you provided does not.
Bucky February 07, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Here's a fact Greg. There is a Weasel that lives on 68th Street in Tosa. Watch out for your chickens !
morninmist February 07, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Scooter has higher aspirations that staying in WI--which he has ruined. A Comparison of Selected Economic Indicators for Minnesota vs. Wisconsin http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2013/02/a_comparison_of.html And assessing Walker's "open for business" program thus far Governor Walker recently implied Wisconsin's economic performance exceeded that of Minnesota. Louis Johnston provides some statistics to evaluate this belief. From the Minnesote Public Radio report: ...who might want to take advantage of Walker’s “open for business” offer? These data imply that companies that want to avail themselves of a deeper pool of unemployed workers whom they can pay lower wages would do well in Wisconsin. Perhaps setting up a subsidiary in Wisconsin (to take advantage of lower labor costs) and keeping the high-skill, high-income headquarters in Minnesota is the way to go for those businesses.
morninmist February 07, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Dayton to Scott Walker: Mind your own business http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/dayton_to_scott.shtml Posted at 4:42 PM on January 24, 2013 by Tom Scheck (28 Comments) Filed under: MN Legislature, Mark Dayton Gov. Dayton had some harsh words for his neighbor, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker. On Wednesday, Walker posted this to Twitter in reaction to Dayton's budget plan. "In '11, IL raised taxes on income by 66% & businesses by 46%. Now MN Gov is proposing a $2 bil tax increase. WI is Open for Business." On Thursday, Dayton was asked about Walker's comments after his speech to the Minnesota Newspaper Association. He said Walker didn't have much to brag about. "Gov. Walker's economy is faring far worse than Minnesota's over the last couple of years," Dayton said. "I would suggest Gov. Walker focus on his problems, and we'll deal with bettering Minnesota."...........
Steve ® February 07, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Lyle knows everything. Do not question Lyle and his massive brilliance.
Bam Bam Ruble February 07, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Lyle has held every job and has traveled to ever country and every state. Do not question this brilliant man.
Bucky February 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Dayton was all over the Weasels chit !
morninmist February 10, 2013 at 05:37 PM
That is what happens to weasels!--aka =@GovWalker ............. Bucky 2:27 pm on Saturday, February 9, 2013 Dayton was all over the Weasels chit !
morninmist February 10, 2013 at 05:44 PM
ha ha. good one! Spud Lovr ‏@SpudLovr RT @lindawi: Oh, and somebody tell Scott Walker that "The Year of the Snake" is not a tribute to him. #wiunion
Mr Lundt February 10, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Union toadies are cranky today.
morninmist February 10, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Lawsuits will be holding the opening of the mine in check for LONG time! WICitizen Media Coop ‏@WCMCooperative Stop Abusing Rights of Native Sovereign Nations http://wp.me/p2AlLW-2Sa #IdleNoMore #WiMine #BadRiver #TreatyRights #Fitzwalkerstan #wiunion WICitizen Media Coop ‏@WCMCooperative Bayfield County Board Says No to Mining http://wp.me/p2AlLW-2Rr #IdleNoMore #wimine #BadRiver WICitizen Media Coop ‏@WCMCooperative "There is no 'right to mine' in the WI Constitution" Mining Heritage Argument Challenged http://wp.me/p2AlLW-2V7 #wimine #wismine #p2

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