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Under Governor Walker we are moving Wisconsin forward

When Governor Walker came into office, he inherited a $3.6 billion budget deficit; he made immediate and difficult changes that have put us back on a track toward prosperity.

Now that the dust has settled and the seemingly endless campaigns are behind us, we have come a long way in the last two years and can finally sit and look at the accomplishments that Governor Walker has put in place to move Wisconsin forward.

When he came into office, he inherited a $3.6 billion budget deficit and under the previous democrat control of the state legislature spending was out of control and no end was in sight.

Governor Walker stepped right into the muck and the mire and with his sleeves rolled up; he made immediate and difficult changes that have put us back on a track toward prosperity.

In just two short years we have not only balanced that budget deficit, but have a projected surplus of $484 million. In doing so we have seen tax relief for middle class families and our state’s job creators have received the necessary tools they need to spur their businesses and open the doors for new employment opportunities for Wisconsinites looking for work.

Governor Walker laid out a bold path for future prosperity in the State of the State address a few weeks back. It all starts with continuing to improve our jobs climate.

For the last three years of the previous administration, Wisconsin lost 150,000 jobs due to onerous regulation and a burdensome tax structure to our state’s small business community.

The changes put forth by Governor Walker and his legislative allies have laid the solid foundation for jobs to once again move back to the Badger State and for people here to start hiring again. There is a reason that we have Wisconsin is Open for Business signs posted at the entrances of our state. That reason is that with the ability for a company to finally grow in Wisconsin job creators once again have been given the reins for their own success.

Studies now show that right before the governor took office only 10 percent of job creators thought the business climate in our state was headed in the right direction. That same study now shows that 94 percent of job creators think that we are going forward toward prosperity.

Despite the ramblings of the far left and their counterparts in the big government public union sector, we have made the turn and I have no doubt that we will continue to grow the job base in Wisconsin under the governor’s watchful eye.

At every turn his detractors have promised, promulgated and predicted failure. At every turn they have been quieted even further from their ranting. Governor Walker is a true man of vision, and the hard work he is doing in Madison is directly responsible for our growing economy and the ability for local job creators to add to the badger State’s workforce.

We are lucky to have a man of bold vision and foresight at the helm of our state; we are taking on the tough issues of today to create a better future for tomorrow. With Governor Scott Walker making the tough but prudent decisions that we needs, we will keep Wisconsin moving forward.

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CowDung February 21, 2013 at 08:55 PM
How does Wisconsin rank for unemployment rate? I seem to recall that Wisconsin fared much better than the rest of the country in keeping people employed over the past couple of years. Not pathetic at all...
Greg February 21, 2013 at 09:11 PM
"How pathetic" yet the Democrats are doing everything they can to prevent job creation. Yes, they are pathetic.
Steve ® February 21, 2013 at 09:27 PM
No mine = no jobs. Give yourself a pat on the back John
morninmist February 21, 2013 at 09:40 PM
tsk tsk. Obama is doing fine @Craig: Obama Approval Rating at 3-Year High, GOP viewed less favorably now than ....bit.ly/UN6gL8 Rt #UniteBlue #p2 #tcot The Jed ReportFollowRSS Daily Kos staffProfileDiaries (list)Stream.Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:31 AM PST. Poll: Obama approval hits 3-year high, GOP viewed less favorably now than under Romneyby Jed LewisonFollow . 40 Comments / 0 New. Who would have figured that these would be the good old days for Republicans? According to the latest survey by Selzer & Co. for Bloomberg News, Americans seem to like President Obama's second-term approach of saying what he wants and fighting for it: Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of Obama’s performance in office, his strongest level of support since September 2009, according to a Bloomberg National poll conducted Feb. 15-18.... The poll, which had a margin of error of ±3.1 percent, found Republicans in far worse shape: Only 35 percent of the country has a favorable view of the Republican Party, the lowest rating in a survey that began in September 2009. The party’s brand slipped six percentage points in the last six months, the poll shows
Mr Lundt February 21, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Morning An yet republicans keep winning elections. I suggest your polls are a bit off---again. If you want to see results rather than FEELINGS. Obama and Walker inherited a mess. Walker fixed it Obama made it far worse. A sad petri dish of reality for the left...that they will ignore.
Greg February 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Tick tock. Noel Sheppard @NoelSheppard Krauthammer on Sequester: 'Most Ridiculously Hyped Armageddon Since the Mayan Calendar' http://ow.ly/hU0hE
Gordon E Lang February 22, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Governor Scott Walker's Speech on Feb 15, 2013 at the Reagan Day Dinner. See why he is moving Wisconsin forward. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgdNENGJbXs Stand for Scott Walker!
Keith Worst February 22, 2013 at 02:56 AM
I love Scott Walker! With his plan to borrow more than $1 billion to hire people then charge it to the state, borrow billions more to pay for road construction, his determination to take away local control and put it in his power (where it belongs as local leaders are too foolish to actually make decison) and decimate the public education system with all the moochers who refuse to pay to send their kids to school. And lazy teachers who make upwards of $27,000 per year for a lousy part time job. The public schools in Waukesha are terrible. So terrible even our own school board members have stood with Walker, so if they support draining funds out of their schools are rightfully funneling the money to private schools, then so should you!
Luke February 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM
@Mike Not to worry, they only let Keith have a turn with the iPad for a few minutes in the morning and evening.
The Donny Show February 22, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Why Walker and Friends NEED to succeed and Obama and his hanger-oners need to go away. An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all). After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
The Donny Show February 22, 2013 at 02:48 PM
CONTINUED To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. Could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on) These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment: 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation. Obama will ruin AMERICA. He hates AMERICA! His dream will come true.
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt February 22, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Wisconsin's unemployment rate is 6.7% - below the national average of 7.7%. We are not growing like we should or as the governor promised. Why settle for mediocrity instead of excellence? ...
CowDung February 22, 2013 at 03:42 PM
If the unemployment rate were zero, would you still be complaining that Walker is doing a poor job because we lag behind the other states in job creation?
Steve ® February 22, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Did you give yourself a pat on the back for contributing to your sentiment John?
Carl Friedlin February 22, 2013 at 04:15 PM
This is not funny. It is true, though. Why work if someone else is in control of your fate?
Keith Worst February 22, 2013 at 08:07 PM
This clearly can't possibly be made up story that took place at a "local college" bodes true to what Obama is doing out there and ruining the country. Meanwhile here in Wisconsin we're seeing success. The Journal Sentinel just reported the jobs numbers have been revised from 39,000 under Governor Walker to 20,000 under Governor Walker. This proves our economics are successful and everyone is properous under our leaders. In fact, 20,000 fat jobs created since Governor Walker took office means I have zero doubt he will not only make his promise of 250,000 new jobs by the end of his term, but he will eclipse it by far as this rate is roughly a 1,000 new jobs per month breakneck speed of economic growth. It's working Wisconsin!
Tom Gaertner February 22, 2013 at 08:39 PM
This post and the comments remind me of a bad case of Man Crush.
Bottom Line February 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Nice post, Bill. Hopefully the citizens continue to see informative articles like yours! Governor Walker is doing a fine job for his constituents ... Forward!
Keith Worst February 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I voted for Barrett because he would have built trolleys all over the state. Everyone knows that trolleys are a huge attraction for tourists. People would have come to wisconsin from around the world just to ride our trolleys. Also, trolleys are a great place for homeless people to stay at night. The rocking motion helps them sleep.
Walker February 25, 2013 at 02:37 PM
" . . . our state’s job creators have received the necessary tools they need to spur their businesses and open the doors for new employment opportunities for Wisconsinites looking for work." We're 42nd! We're 42nd! We're 42nd!
M Ulander February 25, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The Patch, in my opinion, has a very low standard for what is acceptable to post online. I find the content of many of the previous posts to be shameful and disgusting.
CowDung February 25, 2013 at 02:47 PM
That's what the 'Flag as inappropriate' link is for...
M Ulander February 25, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Sorry, I don't see how to flag from my IPhone. Also, I possibly have a different sense of what is appropriate compared to other readers. Therefore, I thought it appropriate to state my opinion. So, what do you think? Do people write in a courteous manner when disagreeing with someone holding a different opinion? Should they?
CowDung February 25, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Most people do, but there are several that tend to just snipe and attack rather than make positive contributions to the discussion.
morninmist February 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Walker is leaving WI in the dust as he seeks higher status with the teabaggers! @UnitedLiberals Wisconsin wages down 1.8%; job growth worse then before over past yr under new data. jsonline.com/business/state… #wiunion #Walker @Progress2day: John Nichols: Scott Walker’s job-free austerity bit.ly/Yvrp8w… goo.gl/fb/s16GO ....That’s gotten Wisconsin down to No. 42 in job creation. It is hard to imagine how he could make things much worse. But Scott Walker is trying. And if the Legislature embraces his austerity agenda, Wisconsin might well make it to No. 43 or No. 44. Who knows, Walker might even be able to displace Mississippi and get Wisconsin into the bottom five. With so much evidence that he is heading the wrong way, even Walker might change direction. Indeed, the only reason Walker would keep doing what he has been doing is if he actually believes what he is saying. And that, as noted, is the most unsettling prospect of all. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/john-nichols-scott-walker-s-job-free-austerity/article_5cee13ea-7d32-11e2-98cb-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz2Lx0JZHTM
Greg February 26, 2013 at 06:12 AM
Obama unemployment rate 7.9% Barrett unemployment rate 7.3% Walker unemployment rate 6.6% Which ones did you vote for?
doug toader February 26, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Got my Taxes lowered to boot thanks to Scott Walker!
Walker February 26, 2013 at 01:15 PM
You're only counted as unemployed when you're collecting unemployment comp. Walker turned down federal money for unemployment extension so he could drop unemployed off the rolls to boost his numbers. Funny how it was only believed when Mr. 43%'er pointed that out in his unsuccessful bid for POTUS but how quickly the standard is turned when no longer useful.
The Anti-Alinsky February 26, 2013 at 03:10 PM
WIwishes wrote: "Yes, Walker has given the rich what they wanted...tax breaks..." We've been down this road before WW. What tax breaks "to the rich" has Governor Walker implemented? Details, not rhetoric! "...incentives,.." So you think that getting businesses to start up or relocate here are a bad thing? Why? "...and made his agenda of a "right to work"/union squashing agenda clear..." Governor Walker has come out in support of private unions: http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/local/fox_cities/gov-scott-walker-says-he-will-not-pursue-right-to-work-legislation-in-wisconsin Maybe it's time you stopped parroting the Democratic talking points and do some research. Preferably from a source other than the DailyKos or HuffPost!
The Anti-Alinsky February 26, 2013 at 03:11 PM
If i spent over $6 TRILLION on my voting base I would be pretty damn popular too!

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