Gov. Scott Walker's State of the State Address is Tuesday

The governor, winner of a recall election last summer, will provide details about his vision for the state for the coming year.

Gov. Scott Walker’s first State of the State address since his recall election victory is at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The address will be broadcast live by Wisconsin Eye, channel 363 on Time Warner Cable in Milwaukee and also online at their website.

Madison.com reported that Walker informed legislative leaders last week when he would deliver the annual address, which will provide a glimpse into Walker’s plans for the second half of his four-year term.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Walker pledged to cut Wisconsin income taxes in the budget he signs this summer. That budget will be presented in February.

Taking over a state facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Walker has achieved much of his aggressive agenda to fix it, most notably Act 10. Results are, not surprisingly, based on who you ask and what statistics you employ.

Walker’s office says the state has a $341 million surplus, according to a press release sent last week. The Department of Administration pegged the surplus next June at $283 million, according to an Associated Press article. Democratic leaders said the numbers were “full of holes” but did not specify what they were.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.1 percent in November 2011 to 6.7 percent a year later, according to the state Department of Workforce Development. The state between June 2011 and June 2012, yet that ranked 42nd among the 50 states.

The governor’s administration also has the distraction of the John Doe investigation that has led to charges against six aides and associates of the governor. Walker told the Journal Sentinel he expected the investigation was closing soon, and that it was not taking away from his work.

Randy1949 January 15, 2013 at 03:57 PM
"I suggest the previous generation (1930s, 40s vintage) and the earliest of Baby Boomers (1946-49) are the ones living well. They had steady work, good pay, solid, affordable benefits, affordable college tuition, and pensions." Not all of us, Bren. My family has seen layoffs,underemployment, unemployment, diminishing expectations, and private retirement savings/investments hit by three recessions. The only reason we're still hanging in there is because we didn't succumb to the conventional wisdom of the 1980s and go into debt up to our eyeballs. And then we have to deal with the likes of Richard Head. Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous my Aunt Fanny.
morninmist January 15, 2013 at 04:41 PM
@GovWalker and his gang spending lots of $ to keep folks silent and out of sight! @Progress2day @GovWalker Uses Capitol Police to Go After First Amendment Rights bit.ly/RTHkQw #wiunion #wipolitics #p2 @Lindygeek
morninmist January 15, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Goodness! A TeaGOP has a brain. Yes--Walker wake up! @Progress2day Wake up @GovWalker! Brewer On Support Of Medicaid Expansion: 'It's A Moral Thing' livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/brewer-o… #wipolitics
Bren January 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Tansandy, the direct contributions contributed by the Koch brothers has been sourced by me a number of times, including quotes. AFP donors are private but it's well known that the Koch brothers are primary funders (again documented by me). I've posted information about ALEC funding and loans received by the Koch brothers (again documented by me). The direct and "dark" contributions far outweigh union donations. I don't have time to go back and re-document it so you'll have to go through my past posts and you will find rich detail. The sound of crickets, indeed. Rather the silence of a poster who is too lazy to conduct their own research! ; )
Bren January 15, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Does Walker have the imagination to have an independent vision? He has been guided by ALEC since the early 1990s.


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