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Transition begins for Governor-Elect Walker


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor-elect Scott Walker says he believes voters have given him and newly elected Republican majorities in the state Legislature a mandate and it's one he doesn't take lightly.

Walker said in a news conference outside the state Capitol on Wednesday that "it's basically put up or shut up time."

Walker spoke after meeting with state budget analysts to get an update on Wisconsin's financial situation. The state budget he inherits is projected to be about $2.7 billion short.

Walker likens the situation to what he encountered as he began his tenure as Milwaukee County executive in 2002.   Walker had been a state lawmaker before becoming executive and says some of his fellow lawmakers gave him a large congratulations card with a condolences card inside.  But Walker says he was up to the challenge then and is again.

Walker says he hopes to name the heads of his transition team by the end of the week. Walker says he will be deliberative in making the other appointments, which will come over the next several weeks. He says there is no rush.

Walker, a Wauwatosa resident and married father of two teenage boys is also making a personal transition.   While some governors elsewhere have opted not to live primarily in state mansions in capital cities, Walker says he and his family will make the governor's executive residence in Maple Bluff his permanent home.   Walker says it may take a few months as his sons transition from their current high school.

A number of Republican lawmakers watched his news conference held just outside the Capitol.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor-Elect Scott Walker planned to meet with state budget officials Wednesday in the wake of his decisive victory in a wave of Republican gains in the state in Tuesday's election.

Walker said this week he wants to immediately begin to address the twin problems of a looming, $2.7 billion state budget deficit and a sagging Wisconsin economy.

This afternoon, Walker will field questions from reporters for the first time since his Tuesday victory.  

You can find out more on the direction the governor-elect plans to take the state on, and during WKOW27 News at 5 and 6 p.m.


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