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Governor Walker to give State of the State speech tonight

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is set to give his third State of the State address Tuesday evening. The speech before a joint meeting of the Legislature is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

As Governor Walker starts his third year in office, he's said he won't take on anything that would create large protests or distract from his goal to create 250,000 jobs by the end of next year.

Walker is expected to talk about his priorities for this year. There will be more details when he releases his state spending plan in February.

Walker has said he wants to focus on income tax cuts, school reform, workforce development and creating jobs.

Political observers have noted that Walker has stepped out of the national spotlight recently, after taking center stage during the collective bargaining dispute. Some speculate he's trying to moderate his image as he moves toward re-election or a national political run in 2014.

Democrats and other Walker critics say his tenure has been a failure because he's nowhere near meeting his 2010 campaign pledge to create 250,000 private sector jobs.

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