Scott Walker: Tough Decisions Have Paid Off Economically

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 11:40 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Tough decisions have paid off in Wisconsin as the state now boasts a budget surplus of over $900 million, Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday.

"We made some tough decisions, obviously, over the last few years. But they've paid off," the Wisconsin Republican told "Fox & Friends."

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After setting some money aside for a rainy day fund, the remainder of the budget surplus will be returned to the residents in the form of income and property tax relief, and changes in income tax withholding, Walker said, adding the state's healthy economy has also led to an increase in jobs and income.

"The economy's better, more people are working in our state — about 100,000 more since I took office. More employers are hiring. And personal income is up," he said.

After taking office in 2011, Walker introduced a number of reforms and "prudent budget measures" to the state's budget. He survived a recall attempt in 2012 over his decision to limit collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

Walker, who some have speculated has his eye on running for president in 2016, will detail the status of Wisconsin's affairs in his state of the state address Wednesday. He said Wisconsin's fiscal health stood in contrast to that of the nation.

"We're getting things done," he said. "It's a stark contrast to the, oftentimes, dysfunction we've seen between the White House and the Congress in our nation's Capitol."

Walker said he expected opponents "would be back at it again" when he runs for re-election in November. He said unions have indicated they would "dump more money" in the state, but he'd be "ready for them."
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