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Gov. Walker Talks Priorities in Superior

Posted at: 01/17/2013 9:34 PM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 10:57 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

Just two days after his State of the State address, Governor Scott Walker set off on a tour of Wisconsin to cement his agenda for the upcoming legislative sessions.

The final stop of the tour brought Gov. Walker to Superior's Richard I. Bong Memorial Airport where he talked priorities and mining. Earlier in the day he visited Schofield and La Crosse.

"The state of the state is good, but even at 6.7% unemployment, there is still much for us to do," said Gov. Walker.

Gov. Walker continues to push for a bill that would streamline the mining permitting process, saying it could bring up to 3,000 jobs to Wisconsin. It's something he drove home during his State of the State address as well as during his tour stop in Superior.

"If there's any state in America that should be able to move forward with the process of streamlining safe and environmentally sound mining it certainly should be the Badger State," Gov. Walker said.

Mining is just one part of Gov. Walker's five priorities he's basing his next state budget on. He listed them as creating more jobs, developing the workforce, transforming education, reforming government, and investing in infrastructure.

"I hope both Republicans and Democrats in the legislature will help me stay focused on [the five priorities] instead of getting distracted on other issues for the next two years of the legislative session," said Gov. Walker.

Gov. Walker also touched on gun legislation following President Obama's speech Wednesday. At his tour stop in Superior, he said guns are not the problem, but rather mental illness. He plans on meeting with mental health experts next week to get a better idea on how to prevent gun violence.

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