Wis. Gov. Walker in Superior on State Tour

By KBJR News 1

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 11:16 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW,com) - Wisconsin's top executive says he has a plan to grow the state's economy...and he came to Superior today to share it.

Creating jobs, developing the workforce, transform education, reform government, and invest in Wisconsin's infrastructure are his five objectives to moving Wisconsin forward.

Today he explained how mining plays a crucial role in achieving these objectives.

After surviving a recall this past summer, Gov, Walker is optimistic about the future of the badger state.

"Talk about the State of the State of Wisconsin, which I believe is good, but there is still much work to be done to get us headed in the right direction," said Gov. Walker.

Unemployment in the state is down from 7.8 percent to 6.7 percent since he took office, but job creation is still an issue.

One way to create more jobs, according to the Governor, would be through mining, what he calls an important part of the state's rich history.

"It's appropriate when we think about the state flag behind us, because as I Mentioned the other night that reflects our heritage in the state, the two people on the flag, one of them is a minor.
Of the four quadrants of the flag, the upper right hand corner has the tools of a minor," said the Governor.

While Superior Mayor, Bruce Hagen is supportive of Walker's plans, he would like to see a better regulation process.

"I'll be bold and say that...I think we should have a better situation in Wisconsin where the application process and the permitting process aren't so arduous. We see in Minnesota where a number of the mining companies over there years into the making are still trying to get a permit and they haven't," said Mayor Hagen.

Republicans issued a mining bill on Wednesday and the democrats are expected to release their version of the bill on Friday.

Gov. Walker also talked about his plans to reduce the burden of income tax on the middle class saying this would put more money in the hands of consumers and small businesses.

He will propose his budget plan next month.

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