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Gov.-elect Scott Walker to meet with Obama at White House


By Capitol Bureau Chief Bob Schaper - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov.-elect Scott Walker gets a sitdown at the White House. He'll meet with President Obama Wednesday, along with other cabinet members.

Walker mentioned the D.C. trip during a speech in downtown Madison Tuesday morning. Details are still sketchy but a spokesman says a majority of the day will be spent discussing security issues.

Walker's also meeting with Shaun Donovan, secretary of housing and urban development, to discuss housing.

There was no word on whether the subject of high-speed rail would come up, a subject that Walker ridiculed during his speech to the Dairy Business Association.

"To me that means fixing our crumbling roads and bridges and it doesn't mean spending $810 million on a so-called train between Milwaukee and Madison."

Walker reiterated his goal of creating 250,000 private-sector jobs during his first term, and said all cabinet members would work toward that end. Along those lines he said the next secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection would have the respect of all ag producers, but  also politicians.

"I want someone who's got some experience working with the legislature as well, because we're gonna view - unlike, unfortunately, I think this governor - even with his own party in the majority, didn't view the legislature as an equal partner," Walker said.

"We need someone who understands all the farmers in the state," Kara Slaughter, of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, said.

One longtime ag observer said a Republican takeover of the legislature and governor's office could be a good thing.

"It's always an opportunity," John Oncken, a member of the association, said. "Although I believe the previous governor was rather fair to the agricultural industry."

27 News asked Walker if he supported the sale of raw milk in Wisconsin, but he wouldn't say, only that he would take a look at any bill that comes to his desk.

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