Gov. Walker highlights prosperty in State of the State Address

By KBJR News 1

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM CST

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday in Madison where he highlighted the state's growth.

Walker's campaign slogan since he took office has been to get Wisconsin back to work.

The Governor indicated in his speech that he has achieved just that.
When he took office four years ago, the governor pledged to help Wisconsin create 10,000 new businesses by 2015.

He says that goal has already been exceeded with the creation of 13,000 new businesses in the last three years.

Walker says private sector job creation between April and November has been the best since 1994.

The Governor also rolled out a plan called "Blueprint for Prosperity" which he says will put money back into the hands of taxpayers after a $911 million surplus.

"Three years later, we see a dramatic turn around in our state. These are historic times," said Walker. "The $911 million budget surplus shows that the economy is coming back strong as more people are working, more employers are hiring and personal income is up."

Additionally, Walker says the "Blueprint for Prosperity" will put more than $800 million back into the hands of taxpayers through tax cuts and withholding changes. Democratic leaders say the surplus did not come from tax cuts.

"The surplus partly came from historic cuts to public schools and job training at technical colleges. The surplus was created in part by raising taxes on the people who could least afford it," said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, 64th Assembly District.

Senator Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) released a statement saying republican lawmakers are naïve to believe that their tax cuts have produced a budget surplus.

Sen. Jauch says most states are experiencing revenue growth due to economic recovery and not tax cuts.

Other topics discussed in the Governor's speech included the two year tuition freeze for the UW-System.

He also recognized how people with disabilities can bring their unique abilities to the workplace.

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