Wis. State of the State Speech: Hope for the Future

By KBJR News 1

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM CDT

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) - Celebrating a 342 million dollar state budget surplus, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker outlined what he called a "bold vision and bright hope for the future."

Gov. Walker has five priorities for his next two years in office.

Create jobs, develop the workforce, transform education, reform government and invest in the state's infrastructure.

He indicated that one of the main ways to do this is to pass a bill that streamlines the process for safe and environmentally sound mining.

Governor Walker said mining would be a lifeline for people in Northwestern Wisconsin especially in Iron County where the unemployment rate is 12 percent, the second highest in the state.

Gov. Walker also indicated that unemployment rates are down and the state now has a surplus rather than a growing deficit.

"We made tough, but prudent, decisions to get our fiscal house in order. Today unlike the federal government and many of our neighboring states, we have a surplus, which will allow us to invest in our priorities," said Gov. Walker.

Walker also stated that he will lay out a plan next month which will lower income taxes on the middle class.

His goal is to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.

While one of Gov. Walker's main themes throughout his speech and campaign has been job creation, Democrats were quick to point out that Wisconsin ranks number 42 in the nation for job creation.

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