Walker touts income tax cut, job push in speech

8:16 PM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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MADISON, Wis. - 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."

The leader of Democrats in the state Assembly says Walker is showing no urgency to create jobs in Wisconsin, despite saying in his State of the State speech that putting people back to work was a priority.

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca says in reaction to Walker's speech Tuesday that the governor and Republicans in charge of the Legislature have repeatedly failed to act to help create jobs.

Barca says Walker did not give a candid assessment of where the state stands. He notes that after two years of talking about job creation, Wisconsin continues to lag other states.

Barca says it's far past time to stop spending time on polarizing, less-pressing partisan issues.

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