Walker touts income tax cut, job push in speech
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker promised during his State of the State speech Tuesday to deliver a significant income tax cut for the middle class and to renew his focus on putting people back to work, saying he was “doubling down” on his campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs.
The 30-minute speech was brief on details and drew derision from Democrats, who said Walker has shown no urgency to create jobs over the first two years of his term — noting he is far from fulfilling that jobs promise, even by his own count.
But the Republican governor, just seven months past his recall victory, said there are signs that the state’s economy is improving, including a drop in the unemployment rate.
“We are moving Wisconsin forward with bold vision and bright hope for the future,” Walker said.
Two years removed from the bitter partisan fight over his first budget that led to his recall election, Walker has been striving to cast himself in a more moderate light midway through his first term as governor.
His first budget imposed deep cuts to education funding and infuriated public employee unions by going after their collective bargaining rights. His new budget plan, expected to be released next month, figures to be less divisive — but he revealed few details Tuesday.
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