Local Leaders React to Walker's State of the State Address

Local legislative and political leaders — mostly Republicans — praised the governor's State of the State Address.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) delivered the 2013 State of the State Address in Madison Tuesday night. Here's how our Hudson-area state legislators (both Republicans) and our local party chairpersons had to say about it:

State Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson)

“Wisconsin has come a long way in the past two years, and the numbers speak for themselves: we have turned a $3.6 billion dollar deficit into a $342 million surplus, property taxes are down, and so is the unemployment rate.”

“I was pleased to see that the Governor wants to remain focused on job creation and the economy — we need to do more to make sure that money stays in the hands of  hardworking taxpayers. Government should help, and not hinder economic growth.”

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls):

“I am encouraged that in tonight’s address the Governor touched on a number of issues that are important to residents and business owners in western Wisconsin. Reducing the tax burden on middle-class families, improving educational outcomes, and reforming government are consistent with our legislative focus on jobs and growing the economy.”

 “In meeting with small businesses and employers in our area, I have consistently heard three areas of concern: finding skilled workers, accessing investment and start-up capital, and the need for regulatory reform. I am pleased these three areas were cited by the Governor as priorities and look forward to working with him and my legislative colleagues to continue moving Wisconsin forward.”

St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza issued the following statement:

"The Governor gave an inspiring speech that focused on the relationship between education and job growth in Wisconsin. He stated that education in Wisconsin is both a moral and economic imperative. He understands that to have a stong Wisconsin we need several ways to recieve a quality education (i.e. UW Flex Option) and to lift up some of our failing public school systems versus giving up on our future generations."  

"The Governor's visual of the union men and women as they entered the chambers in hard hats carrying our Wisconsin flag captured the true essence of the Wisconsin and American spirit. These men and women are ready continue to lead Wisconsin to prosperity under our message of Wisconsin is Open For Business. It was a great night for Wisconsin and we look forward to a bright 2013."

St. Croix County Party Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Stori could not immediately be reached for comment. This post will be updated with any statement she provides.

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Carbon Bigfuut January 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM
So where did you taxes increase? The state, county, or school district?
Chadwick January 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Walker is doing an excellent job changing the negative attitude businesses had towards our state during the Doyle years. There is a lot more work to be done and I could care less if he gets to 250k or not. As long as the tax situation improves and businesses continue to believe that Wisconsin is a place they want to be then things are definitely going in the right direction. You also have to remember he has to battle our president and if you want to talk about broken promises "I will cut the deficit in half" when he actually meant "I will double the deficit"
Captain Midnight January 18, 2013 at 05:26 PM
At the rate of adding 1,200 jobs per month, Walker will have met his goal of 250,000 jobs in a mere 178 months, which is 14 years and 10 months. It is still a FAIL.
Chadwick January 18, 2013 at 06:56 PM
If we are cutting public jobs and thus lowering our tax burden now and in the future without losing anything that is absolutely necessary I am all for it.
Captain Midnight January 21, 2013 at 07:34 AM
Chadwick, I think you are on the right track. I think that the person who plows your street or road should be given a pink slip immediately. Then a barricade should be erected at the end of your driveway so that you can't drive on the streets that are paid for and maintained with tax dollars. By all means we should "redline" your land holdings so that police or sheriff's deputies don't waste any time taking notice of your property or taking any emergency calls from you. Same goes for the EMT service as we wouldn't want them to waste any time going to your place, since you are self-sufficient and have a full medical facility at your home. If you can somehow get to the airport without travelling on the streets and highways that are maintained with tax dollars you should be banned from getting on any flight as that airport is also paid for and maintained with tax money. And, by god, you should not have the luxury of having your flight controlled by any of those money-grubbing, mooching Air Traffic Controllers. I think if you were true to your beliefs that you should cancel your Internet service immediately as the Internet was developed with tax dollars as were the satellites that you may use for your GPS devices, though you may not have GPS installed on your Conestoga Wagon. If you get into an accident please don't dial 911 for assistance as it would be a public employee taking your call. You sir, are a complete nut-job. And your rants prove it.


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