Governor Walker's State of State Address
Governor Scott Walker plans on moving Wisconsin forward in 2013 by creating more jobs and cutting taxes for the middle class.Photo: Video by nbc26.com
MADISON--Governor Walker outlines his new plan for Wisconsin's future. Tuesday night, Scott Walker delivered his state of the state address, and the theme was clear: move Wisconsin forward.
The speech marks Governor Walker's third year in office, seven months after he survived a recall election. This time around, the governor says he wants lawmakers to stay focused on the tasks at hand and not get distracted.
"We are moving Wisconsin forward with bold vision and bright hope for the future," Governor Walker said.
A similar theme for the governor, with a different promise in 2013.
"With introduction of my proposed budget next month, I will lay out a clear plan for reducing the burden on hard-working families by lowering income taxes on the middle class," Governor Walker said.
Governor Walker told lawmakers he turned a $3-and-a-half billion deficit into a $340-million surplus.
"Still there is much more work to be done in the coming year," Governor Walker said. "Our top priority is helping the people of our state create more jobs. As you know, we have an ambitious goal: 250,000 jobs by 2015."
From mining for jobs to the mining bill. Flanked by unemployed union engineers, the governor made a push to get the bill passed.
"We have the potential for a billion and a half dollar investment here in our state that could lead to as many as 3,000 construction-related jobs and 2800 long-term jobs," Governor Walker told lawmakers.
The governor outlined five priorities for the next two years: create jobs, develop the workforce, transform education, reform government and invest in infrastructure.
"I will work hard each and everyday so we can help people across Wisconsin have the chance to have a job and work hard to support themselves and their families for generations to come," Governor Walker said.