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2013 in politics: What's ahead for Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The 2013-2014 legislature has been sworn in for the 101st legislative session.

As the state starts its new session, Republicans are in charge across the board. It's going to be a busy year for lawmakers at the Capitol.

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor, Dr. David Canon says the economy, farm legislation and bi-partisanship are key issues our state needs to address.

Dr. Canon says this year lawmakers and the state need to keep their eye on what happens to the agriculture sector. Agriculture legislation plays a major role in Wisconsin's economy. Dr. Canon talks about the farm bill.

"This year we need to keep an eye on what happens to the agriculture sector. The farm economy is a big part of Wisconsin's economy and that's one thing that wasn't resolved in the fiscal cliff deal," says Canon. "There was the five year extension of the agriculture bill. It just got a short nine month patch given to it."

Dr. Canon says lawmakers need to keep discussing job creation in Wisconsin and on the national front.

"We can continue on the 150,000 or so jobs created per month in our economy, that's enough to sustain a gradual growth that we're looking for," says Canon. "But, you don't want the economy to grow too much. If we keep up that pace of growth, I think we will be OK."

Dr. Canon says he believes we're a divided state. He highlights how polarized our state has become in the last few years. Dr. Canon says he thinks our state is divided as a consequence of the recall election, battle over public employees and the presidential election.

"We are more polarized as a state right now than we have been for quite some time," says Canon.

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