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4:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Walker Says Milwaukee Staff Isn't His State Staff

Governor Scott Walker says the controversy surrounding his top aides while he was Milwaukee County Executive isn't applicable now because...he says....they aren't around anymore.

Walker says the current administrative team is effective....

"...a handful of people who no longer work with me who are out of the way of state government right now. Instead, the people I have around me are helping us to provide the largest sector job growth we've had in April through December last year...."

Democrats have been combing over thousands of emails from Walker's days in Milwaukee looking for a potential link between Walker and his workers, some of whom have been convicted of various crimes.

Walker says a recent Citizen Action report claiming Walker's job creation division...Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation...favored placing jobs in Republican districts over Democrat ones is false and biased...

"completely biased and partisan reports..what you find are similar reports from the Department of Commerce under(former Governor) Jim Doyle. Just because you have a significant number of business leaders more often than not happen to be Republicans vs. Democrats. We measure success not by party affiliation. We measure success by whether those employers are creating jobs..."

Walker stopped at Northstar Steel Fabricating in Rhinelander Friday to highlight his manufacturing agenda. He says a 7.5 percent manufacturing tax credit will help companies to create more jobs...

"....manufacturing has been a key driver, not just in our state's history, but really in our last year. We were second only to Michigan in terms of the most new manufacturing jobs in the country...we want to see companies like this grow here in Rhinelander and across the state of Wisconsin. Our manufacturing tax credit

Walker says he won't announce his reelection campaign until the spring.