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Governor Walker touts income tax cut, job push in speech

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker said during his State of the State speech that he's doubling down on efforts to meet his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs over four years.

Walker also touted a promised income tax cut for the middle class during the speech Tuesday night to a joint meeting of the Legislature.

The speech was short on details about what the governor's agenda will look like over the next year. The Republican says those will come in his budget address next month.

Walker says Wisconsin is moving forward "with bold vision and bright hope for the future."

Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca says Walker has shown no urgency or willingness to focus on job creation.


MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is set to give his third State of the State address Tuesday evening before a joint meeting of the Legislature.

The speech is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from the Assembly chambers in the State Capitol.

As Governor Walker starts his third year in office, he's said he won't take on anything that would create large protests or distract from his goal to create 250,000 jobs by the end of next year.

Walker is expected to talk about his priorities for this year. There will be more details when he releases his state spending plan in February.

Walker released excerpts of the speech Tuesday afternoon.

sssIn the excerpts, Walker says the state is headed in the right direction after his last budget that eliminated a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Walker did that through massive cuts to public education, the University of Wisconsin System and by requiring public workers to pay more for health care and pension benefits.

Walker says the state made "tough but prudent decisions" that now makes money available to cut taxes.

The Governor has said he wants to focus on income tax cuts, school reform, workforce development and creating jobs.

Political observers have noted that Walker has stepped out of the national spotlight recently, after taking center stage during the collective bargaining dispute. Some speculate he's trying to moderate his image as he moves toward re-election or a national political run in 2014.

Democrats and other Walker critics say his tenure has been a failure because he's nowhere near meeting his 2010 campaign pledge to create 250,000 private sector jobs.

WXOW's Pete Zervakis is at the Capitol covering tonight's speech.  He'll have reports with local legislators on Live at Five and the 6pm Report as well as reaction to the Governor's speech tonight on the 10pm Report. will be live streaming the speech tonight at 7 p.m. through Wisconsin Public Television.

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