Gov. Scott Walker

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Governor Scott Walker met with Oneida County, Rhinelander, and school officials Tuesday for his 64th listening session to Wisconsin counties. Meeting with reporters after the session, Walker had little to say about his former Republican Presidential opponent Donald Trump and Trump's loss of Republican endorsements following the release of audio about women...

Walker says his goal in the next two-year budget is to expand broadband beyond what the federal government is providing to three local service providers....

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Reaction continues to come in along party lines concerning Governor Walker's State of the State speech Tuesday.

Republicans, like Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander thought Walker highlighted accomplishments...

"....a lot of energy in the room last night. I thought the Governor gave a great speech, talking about the strength of Wisconsin and how far we've come not only in this session(of the legislature) but the session before...."

Swearingen says one Walker's emphasis on broadband in rural Wisconsin was key...

Wis. Dept. of Corrections

Democrats in the legislature recently asked for more funding to the state Division of Corrections to help correct staffing problems at several state facilities, including the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility in Lincoln county.

Lincoln Hills is under investigation by federal and state authorities after a series of incidents culminated with a juvenile having a severe foot injury. There have also been allegations of sexual assault . The management at the facility near Irma has changed, and other security steps have been recently enacted.

Reaction Continues After Walker Budget Address

Feb 4, 2015
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Opposition grew  to the governor's budget proposal to borrow one-point-three billion dollars for highway projects, instead of raising taxes-and-fees for them.  Speaker Robin Vos repeated his concerns about building up the state's debt.  Still, Vos said new money has to be found to pay for necessary roads.  Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany said the transportation funding plan gives him the "biggest heartburn" of anything in the two-year, 68-billion dollar budget.

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Governor Walker gave the opening address to a two-day Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit in Minocqua.

Walker says the state is in the midst of an economic turnaround, saying there are nearly 80,000 jobs on the state job site. He says it isn't a matter of jobs, but of training a workforce to meet the needs of those jobs.
Speaking to reporters,  Walker deflected whether he will sign potential right-to-work legislation, saying he wanted to focus on other priorities...

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The top state revenue official thinks average-income Wisconsin residents will appreciate lower taxes on property and income.

State Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler says property tax reforms passed by the legislature will show up this year for residents...

"....property taxes on a medium-valued home in Wisconsin have been flat for the last three years and they'll go down when they get their property tax bills in December of 2014. That contrasts with a 27 percent increase in the decade before Governor Walker took office....."

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The likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate thinks voters should look at what she says are the real numbers regarding job growth in Wisconsin and not the numbers being used by the current job holder.

In an interview with WXPR, Burke touched on her jobs initiative.."Invest For Success" which she says is based on creating jobs in all parts of the state..

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  Governor Walker has been stumping the Northwoods recently talking about his Blueprint for Prosperity. A Northwoods Democrat thinks there's a whole other side to the story that hasn't been heard. Representative Janet Bewley of Ashland...whose district includes parts of Vilas and Iron counties...says while some portions of the business community did very well in the Republican-dominated legislative session, at street level, things didn't go so well...  

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  Governor Scott Walker Monday stopped in Eagle River after signing his economic package. Governor Walker says he's on no tight timetable to make a decision whether to allow a multi-million dollar casino complex in Kenosha that is opposed by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Walker told reporters the federal government took nine years to move forward on the Menominee tribe proposal at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park..  

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  A tribal spokesperson supports a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial last weekend asking Governor Walker to make a decision soon on a new $800 million casino complex in Kenosha county. The Menominee Nation is requesting a new casino be built at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. While nine Wisconsin tribes back the proposal, two do not: the Ho-Chunk tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Both tribes have gambling facilities off reservation.

The state Senate has approved a 504-million state tax cut package..

After about three hours of debate, the Senate passed the amended version of Governor Scott Walker's tax cut plan, on a 17-15 vote, with Republican Senator Dale Schultz joining Democrats on the vote.

Last week in Rhinelander, Walker told reporters he thinks everyone would get some tax benefits...

"....property taxes on a medium-value home in this state would go down by over $100. They would be lower than December of 2010...."

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...."