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Walker becomes Wisconsin's 45th governor


MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican Scott Walker officially replaces two-term Democrat Jim Doyle as Wisconsin Governor.

Walker's inaugural ceremony took place in the state Capitol rotunda Monday at noon.

Hundreds of chairs filled the rotunda; the space marked by music throughout the program by multiple groups, including the 132nd Army Band.

Walker was officially sworn in by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. He made clear his goals as governor: to bring 250,000 jobs to the state in the next four years.

Walker said, "As your governor, I make this pledge. Wisconsin is open.. for business."

He reiterated a campaign promise- to find economic growth through frugality and moderation. Walker said, "What is failing us is not our people or our places. What is failing us is the expanse of government. But we can do something about that today."

Walker called for a special session of the legislature Tuesday: to present a set of reforms aimed to help businesses create jobs. He released an executive order. Here's an excerpt of what he's proposing: "Creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and making appropriations; An income and franchise tax credit for small businesses; Income and franchise tax exemptions for new businesses, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority; Adopting federal law as it relates to health savings accounts for state income and franchise tax purposes and providing a penalty; Requiring a super majority for passage of tax increase legislation."

In his inaugural speech, Walker also focused on the $3 billion dollar state deficit he inherits.

Walker said, "Let me be clear on one thing, increasing taxes is off the table as it will counter our efforts to provide economic growth."

Walker said he hopes to have a jobs reform plan passed by February.


MADISON (WKOW/AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker promises not to raise taxes or raid segregated funds to balance Wisconsin's two-year budget that is expected to be $3 billion short.

Walker promised to balance the budget without raising taxes, raiding funds or excessive borrowing.

Walker says raising taxes would only counter his efforts to grow the economy. He says instead of doing that, he will make "tough, but compassionate decisions" to balance the budget.

He has pledged to cut the size of state government and is expected to scale back Medicaid services.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican Scott Walker has been sworn in as Wisconsin's 45th governor at an inauguration ceremony in the state Capitol Rotunda.

The ceremonial swearing in was administered by Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

The 43-year-old Walker was introduced by his teenage sons, Matt and Alex.

Wisconsin faces a $3 billion two-year state budget shortfall that Walker and a new Republican majority in the Legislature will have to tackle. Walker is calling an emergency legislative session to immediately begin work on bills he says will help the economy.

Members of the Legislature were being sworn in at 2 p.m.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Scott Walker officially became Wisconsin's 45th governor at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Walker is the state's first Republican governor in eight years. He's taking a ceremonial oath of office this afternoon at the State Capitol.

Walker says his first priority this week is jobs.

"Certainly, today, I hope we can take all the excitement and celebration of having a new governor, and translate and project that out to the rest of the state in terms of getting that optimism, in terms of getting the state working again, that's really what we need," Walker said.

As we reported last week, Walker took the official oath of office on Thursday. Paperwork was filed at the Secretary of State's office.

Political action groups are planning rallies outside the Capitol when Walker takes the oath of office. Citizen Action of Wisconsin expects hundreds of people to attend events calling on the new governor to keep his campaign pledge of creating 250,000 new jobs.

Walker plans to call the legislature into special session on his first day in office. Its focus will be on job creation.

27 News will have crews at the inaugural events. Stay tuned to wkow.com for the latest information and to watch the ceremonial oath of office LIVE at noon.

27 News' Teresa Mackin and Tony Galli will have team coverage of the inaugural events throughout the day and will have live reports at 5, 6 and 6:30 on WKOW Monday evening. Follow @TMackin_WKOW for live twitter updates throughout the day as well.

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