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Governor Walker talks of more moderate agenda

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is promising a more moderate agenda in the second half of his term.

In a Wisconsin State Journal report, Walker says he plans to focus on the budget and job creation in the upcoming session, and predicts less political turbulence than the state saw during his first two years as governor.

Legislation Walker pushed for during his first two years in office, in particular the restrictions on collective bargaining by public employee unions, prompted massive protests at the Capitol and led to a recall election which Walker won in June.

Walker, a Republican, says other priorities in this session will be workforce development, tax cuts, education reform and transportation infrastructure. A mining bill is also expected to be an early priority for Republicans. 

The legislative session begins on Monday.

New Democratic Assembly members are scheduled to be sworn in Monday morning and will join the rest of the body for another mass inauguration in the afternoon, followed by a reception at the state historical museum.

The state Senate will hold a lunch-time reception followed by an inauguration ceremony that will run simultaneously with the Assembly proceedings.

Voters handed Republicans a 59-39 advantage in the Assembly and an 18-15 edge in the Senate in November's elections.

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