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VIDEO UPDATE: Walker Touts Tax Cuts, Mining in State of State

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 -- 9:18 p.m.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013--9:16 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker said during his State of the State speech that he's doubling down on efforts to meet his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs over four years.

Walker also touted a promised income tax cut for the middle class during the speech Tuesday night to a joint meeting of the Legislature.

The speech was short on details about what the governor's agenda will look like over the next year. The Republican says those will come in his budget address next month.

Walker says Wisconsin is moving forward "with bold vision and bright hope for the future."

Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca says Walker has shown no urgency or willingness to focus on job creation.

Copyright Associated Press 2013

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 15, 2013 --- 1:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to talk about his desire to cut income taxes for the middle class and pass a bill to create mining jobs in northern Wisconsin in his State of the State speech.

Walker released excerpts of the speech Tuesday afternoon. He is scheduled to deliver it Tuesday evening to a joint meeting of the Legislature.

In the excerpts, Walker says the state is headed in the right direction after his last budget that eliminated a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Walker did that through massive cuts to public education, the University of Wisconsin System and by requiring public workers to pay more for health care and pension benefits.

Walker says the state made "tough but prudent decisions" that now makes money available to cut taxes.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 15, 2013 --- 11:08 a.m.

Press Release from the Governor's Office:

Madison—Governor Walker announced he will be live-streaming his State of the State Address online this evening.

“I am excited to announce live-streaming of the State of the State Address,” said Governor Walker. “Please join us and watch on air or online for updates on the progress our state has made over the last year and on our positive fiscal and economic outlooks.”

It will be streaming live on www.walker.wi.gov. You can go to that address by clicking here.

Note: It will also be streamed by Wisconsin Public Television, you can watch it there by clicking here.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 --- 8:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to deliver his third State of the State speech to the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The speech before a joint meeting of the Legislature is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday

Walker is expected to talk about his priorities in general, with more details to come when he releases his two-year state spending plan in February.

Walker has said he wants to focus on cutting income taxes, reforming schools, boosting infrastructure, workforce development and creating jobs.

Democrats and other Walker critics say his tenure has been a failure because he's nowhere near meeting his 2010 campaign pledge to create 250,000 private sector jobs.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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