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Gov. Walker: Budget Will Focus on Jobs, Education, Infrastructure, Reforms

Gov. Scott Walker outlines his priorities in the upcoming state budget process in his weekly radio address.

Gov. Scott Walker gave his weekly radio address on Thursday. Here, he talks about the upcoming state budget process.

Hi, I am Scott Walker.

I recently received budget requests from each state agency, which outline the money each of those agencies would like to spend in the future.  Over the next few months, I will be carefully reviewing each of these budget requests.  These requests are just the first step in the budget process—I will eventually propose a complete budget early next year for consideration by members of the State Legislature.

The budget I signed into law last year made long-term reforms balancing a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, without massive public employee layoffs, and without massive government service reductions.  Wisconsin has a projected budget surplus this year.  We are depositing money into the state’s rainy day fund in two consecutive years for the first time in our state’s history.  Unlike other states, instead of burying the next generation under a mountain of economically crippling debt, we are making responsible decisions—leaving our children and grandchildren with funding reserves for future hard economic times.

The next state budget I plan to introduce early next year will focus on five main priorities:

1.      Creating Jobs

2.      Transforming Education

3.      Developing Our Workforce

4.      Investing in Infrastructure

5.      Reforming Government

As I work on the next state budget, I am excited about Wisconsin’s future and the opportunities we have to grow private sector jobs in our great state.

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Steve ® October 29, 2012 at 03:43 PM
What is the optimal number of guns michelle? They do background checks
Dorothy December 08, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Great comment James!! You have got my vote on that comment!! This is the Governor we need here in Wisconsin and maybe else where to shape this country up!! Many cheers for this GREAT MAN!!
Born Free December 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
In this life there's never enough love, sex, money or guns. That said, guns have 2 enemies, rust and dubious politicians.
Born Free December 12, 2012 at 01:24 AM
...continued Is the United Nations a state of this United States? No. Obama violated his oath to protect this country from foriegn adversaries both at the boarders and by appealing/consorting with foriegn entities to interfere in this countries domestic affairs. All this preceeds U.N. pole watching across the entire U.S. which by the way is suspect if not idiotic. People go in to vote, they vote and then they come out. Just how difficult is that to comprehend and memorize considering this has been going on since Clinton paved the way for it during his first term. What in Gods name does Prescott Bush have to do with Obama and his administration consorting with the U.N. over American state rights? Perhaps the U.N. should bring suit against the family decendants of the WW II Muslims that voluntarily joined Hitlers all Muslim Waffin SS Division for the express purpose of killing Jews. Great idea????
Born Free December 12, 2012 at 01:25 AM
@Bren. Your socialist education rivals an American socialist education. Both deficient in American history. The U.S. Declaration Of Independence IS the foundation for the Constitution not the other way around. Our Declaration was essentially a declaration of war for freedom against tyrannts like that of King George and the likes of a Richard Trunka who by the way both just happen to share the same propensity for living off the backs of the tax payers and doing it unchecked (taxation without representation). Unchecked? Yeah, that's why America is a system of "checks" and balances, aka a republic form of government at the federal level right down to having individual states with a govenor, supreme court and legislature to keep the federal bureaucracy in check and even out of state business when necessary. Treason. Obama's acts of treason on filing charges with the U.N. began with Arizona 3 years ago needing help from the Federal government to protect the U.S. boarder from illegals which is what the federal government is supposed do AND for the federal government to enforce even it's own federal immigration laws. Other states that agreed with Arizona's position who subsequently instituted their own immigration laws were also accused before the U.N. by Obama for human rights violations. continued...

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