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Walker Delivers State of the State Address

January 10, 2017 10:28 PM

Gov. Scott Walker says in his seventh State of the State address that Wisconsin is "winning" and that the future of the state is bright.

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Walker said in the speech Tuesday that workforce development is his top priority for the next year "and beyond." The focus is a shift for Walker, whose signature campaign promise in 2010 was to create 250,000 private-sector jobs in four years. He only got about halfway to that goal.

The speech comes as Walker is eying running for a third term. He is promising to spend more on K-12 schools and specifically help rural districts, but didn't offer details.

Walker is promising to cut tuition for all undergraduates in the University of Wisconsin System. It comes after tuition has been frozen at UW for four years.

Walker says the budget he releases next month "will do more than just freeze tuition." He says it will be cut, but he doesn't give any details.

The UW Board of Regents voted to approve a plan to keep tuition flat next year and raise it no more than the rate of inflation after that if the Legislature allows it.

Walker has also promised to increase funding for the UW System after cutting it by $250 million in his last budget.

In a break with tradition, first lady Tonette Walker is speaking during Gov. Scott Walker's annual State of the State address.

Tonette Walker joined Walker Tuesday at the podium in front of the joint meeting of the state Senate and Assembly to discuss her work trying to prevent and reduce childhood trauma.

She has been working on the Fostering Futures initiative since Walker took office in 2011.

This isn't the first time Walker has mixed things up during the State of the State. In his first speech six years ago, Green Bay Packers president Mike Murphy spoke via a video link just days before the Super Bowl.

In 2014 Walker invited workers to join him, but one of them was later revealed to be a sex offender and felon.


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