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Grading Governor Walker's first 100 days in office

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Controversy has surrounded the majority of Governor Scott Walker's short time in office, and some people say that has polarized public opinion.

"The people of Wisconsin are losing confidence in him because of his radical ideas," said Rep. Peter Barca, (D) Assembly Minority Leader.

Representative Barca highlights Governor Walker's plan to end most collective bargaining for nearly all public employees as the big one.

"Unfortunately for him his poll numbers have just plummeted, he's been the most divisive Governor in history," said Rep. Peter Barca, (D) Assembly Minority Leader.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says the Governor is fulfilling his promise to cut spending and create jobs.

"Trying to put incentives to create jobs in this state," said Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, (R) Assembly Speaker.

Representative Fitzgerald points out in Governor Walker's first 30 days in office, 9 pieces of legislation affecting small businesses were passed.

"We got it done with bipartisan results and I think it sent out a resounding signal," said Governor Scott Walker, (R) Wisconsin

"He's really addressed the top three issues, which is regulation, taxes and litigation," said James Buchen, Vice President of Government Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce is a voluntary business association.

"He's beefed up job tax credit which is a tax credit for creating jobs," said Buchen.

"The Tort Reform Bill that was passed helps all small businesses, we're gunna make it more friendly for you to do business here and unlawful litigation against you," said Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald, (R) Assembly Speaker.

The Governor says accomplishments in his first 100 days include the additions of 13,000 private sector jobs created in January and February including 8,200 manufacturing jobs. Not everyone believes he should take the credit.

"I think its partially due to the federal government stimulus money gathering hold," said Rep. Peter Barca, (D) Assembly Minority Leader.

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