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Gov. Scott Walker‘s State of The State address, focused on schools and merging state agencies.

Here are some of the excerpts from the speech:

If you remember nothing else, remember this: more people are working, while fewer are unemployed.  State government is more efficient, more effective, and more accountable, and the state’s financial condition has improved.  Budgets are set based on the public’s ability to pay, instead of the government’s hunger to spend.  School scores are up and more students are graduating and we are helping more of our fellow citizens to transition from government dependence to work.

The Wisconsin Comeback is working.

On the State of the State:

The state of our state is strong.  The source of our strength is our people.  I see it when I tour factories and farms and small businesses; I see it when I visit schools and hospitals and places of worship all across this great state.  The citizens of Wisconsin are decent and smart and hard-working—and they are strong.

Over the past four years, we put the power back into their hands.  In turn, Wisconsin is more free and prosperous.

On Reforming State Government:

Instead, we have a chance to lead here in Wisconsin.  I believe that government has grown too big and too intrusive in our lives and must be reined in, but the government that is left must work.  As taxpayers, we should demand that the functions that government must reasonably do, it should do well.  We should demand a government that is more efficient, more effective, and more accountable to the public.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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