WI Governor Walker Gives State of the State Address

By KBJR News 1

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Things have turned around and Wisconsin is headed in the right. That's according to Governor Scott Walker who delivered his state of the state address tonight.

Much of the Governor's speech focused on accomplishments during the past year.

Governor Walker pointed to a declining unemployment rate, a balanced state budget without raising taxes, and thousands of created jobs as accomplishments.

When it came to job creation, two projects in Northwest Wisconsin came-up in his speech.

One was the Gogebic Taconite mine proposal in the Penokee Range near Mellen, Wisconsin.

Governor Walker said after months of debate, now is the time to move forward on the project that's not only about jobs, but about history in the state.

While that jobs pitch got a standing ovation from the Republicans, it was the Kestrel Aircraft story in Superior that got a standing ovation from both sides of the aisle.

"Thank Senator Jauch and Representative Milroy know this was a team effort and in fact the mayor said that day to us that it was the largest jobs project in the region since WWII," said Governor Walker.

Governor Walker said to continue job creation he has directed state agencies to remove barriers to new jobs.

In education, he also called for more focus on mentoring and teaching young kids to read earlier to allow for more success in school.

Off the top of his speech, the governor also thanks the 724th Engineer Battalion for their clean-up efforts after storms in northwest Wisconsin.

The Governor did not mention the current push to have him recalled, but several times throughout his address a few people could be heard yelling loudly in order to disrupt the speech, once ironically, while Walker was talking about respect he's seen around the state from people with different views.

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