Lawmakers weigh in ahead of State of the State Address

Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 9:38 PM CST
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Governor Walker is laying out what he has in store for 2018 at his annual State of the State Address on Wednesday afternoon.

This is Walker's eighth State of the State Address. On Tuesday, Walker hinted that his agenda might include major changes to health care in the state. Walker said he wants to guarantee coverage for preexisting conditions, grant permanent waivers for senior care and make health care more affordable.

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said he thinks Walker recognizes he's gone in the wrong direction.

"I don't expect him to talk about how he's fixed transportation funding. I don't expect him to focus on the six years of the largest cuts to K-12 education in our state's history before restoring some of the funding in the last budget. But look, he recognizes that he has gone in the wrong direction that the people in this state are tired of the things that Donald Trump and Scott Walker have done that seems to be more in line with special interests rather than public interests," said Hintz.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he is optimistic Walker will talk about past successes and ways to move forward.

"First of all, I'm excited that Governor Walker is going to the opportunity to tell the story of the good things that are happening in Wisconsin, record low unemployment, an increasing budget surplus so we have money to reinvest in our priorities like public schools and health care to ensure the best health care system in the country, so I'm optimistic that he is going to talk about our past successes but also lay out an even more aggressive plan to ensure Wisconsin stays in the top 10 states and we do it in a way that helps keep our tax burden down," said Vos.