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Gov. Walker Touts Wisconsin as 'Clear Contrast' to DC

By    |   Monday, 05 Jan 2015 08:43 PM

Gov. Scott Walker used his inaugural address Monday to draw a "clear contrast" between Wisconsin's Republican-held state government and Washington gridlock, recommitting to his agenda heading into a second term.

"In contrast to the politicians along the Potomac, we get things done here in the Badger State," said Walker, who may have his eye on the White House in 2016.

"There is a clear contrast between Washington and Wisconsin."

In his speech, Walker, who in 2012 became the first governor in U.S. history to win a recall election, emphasized Wisconsin's falling unemployment rate, declaring that people, rather than government, create jobs —a reference to his signature legislation that placed tight limits on collective bargaining for public employees, MacIver Institute's news service reports.

The governor also vowed to "reduce the size and scope of government to match the will of the people."

"State agencies will be merged to make them more effective, more efficient, and more accountable to the public," Walker promised. "We will continue to weed out waste, fraud, and abuse. Budgets will be set based on the taxpayers' ability to pay and not on the government's ability to spend."

"We've been good stewards of the taxpayers' money and lowered their tax burden as well," he added. "We've shown why the founders of this great nation looked to the states — and not the federal government — as the source of hope for this exceptional country. We will not let them down."

He also hinted at expanding school choice.

"We will ensure every child — regardless of background or birthright — has access to a quality education," Walker said. "For many, like my sons and me, it is in a traditional public school. For others, it may be in a charter, a private, a virtual or even a home-school environment. Regardless, we will empower families to make the choice that is right for their sons and daughters."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that challenges lie ahead for Walker and state lawmakers, including balancing a state budget facing an estimated shortfall of more than $800 million over the next two years, and an effort by some Republicans to quickly approve right-to-work legislation that would bar employers and unions from forging contracts that mandate union fees.

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Gov. Scott Walker used his inaugural address Monday to draw a "clear contrast" between Wisconsin's Republican-held state government and Washington gridlock, recommitting to his agenda heading into a second term.
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