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Gov. Walker Officially Announces Re-Election Bid

'There's More To Be Done'

Gov. Scott Walker officially announces his re-election campaign, 4/15/2014
Gov. Scott Walker officially announces his re-election campaign, 4/15/14  Photo: Shawn Johnson / WPR

Gov. Scott Walker officially kicked off his re-election campaign on Tuesday, telling supporters that Wisconsin’s future looked bright, but there was more to be done.

Walker didn’t get into specifics of what he’d like to do in a second term, but broadly speaking, he said it would be about reducing the dependency on government and “increasing dependency on hard work and pride.”

He made several stops throughout the state, beginning his day at a manufacturing plant in the village of Dane north of Madison, where Walker said he was proud of his record of lowering property taxes: “In fact, they’re not only going to be lower in December 2014, they’re going to be lower this December than they were in December of 2010,” he said. “How ’bout that?”

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Walker also touted his record on cutting the state budget deficit and on freezing tuition. Walker also said the economy had turned around under his watch.

“The greatest news out there we have to share today is that more people are working in Wisconsin,” said Walker. “Over 100,000 new jobs have been created since we took office. That’s the most exciting news of the day.”

Walker touted the more-than 100,000 jobs created during his first term, but he made no mention of his promise to help the state create 250,000 jobs. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says the state has lagged the rest of the country, a sign that Walker’s game plan has failed. “It’s time for Wisconsin to lead, not lag the rest of the country in terms of job creation,” she said.

Walker was scheduled to wrap up his tour with a stop in West Allis Tuesday evening.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with new information from the afternoon news broadcast.