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UPDATE: Burke heightens criticism of Walker tax cut plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke says Gov. Scott Walker's tax cut proposal and agenda he outlined for the coming year doesn't do enough to create jobs in the state.

Burke told The Associated Press on Thursday that Walker's State of the State address in which he said the state was headed in the right direction was "short on reality and long on political spin."

Burke says Walker should do more for worker training and better target tax relief to the middle class.

She also says Walker should not be increasing the state's projected budget shortfall by $100 million as his plan would do. That would make the state's total expected shortfall to be about $800 million.

Burke says the state should not carry any ongoing structural deficit.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke says Gov. Scott Walker is painting an overly rosy picture of the state's economy.

Burke reacted Wednesday to Walker's State of the State speech in which he called for cutting property and income taxes $504 million in light of state revenues that are $912 million higher than originally anticipated.

Burke says she would use the surplus to pay down the state's debt, target property tax relief to the middle class, and put more money into worker training.

Some Republican senators have criticized Walker's tax cuts for increasing the state's projected budget shortfall, but say a strong economy will erase that deficit.

Walker is calling for increasing worker training spending by $35 million in addition to cutting taxes.

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