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What to expect for Gov. Walker's State of the State address


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker will give his fourth State of the State address on Wednesday.

Walker has said he wants to tap the $977 million surplus to provide income and property tax relief, but he has not said exactly what he will propose. Dr. Maurice Sheppard, a Madison College political science professor, thinks the Governor will address that on Wednesday in his speech.

"I think he's signaled clearly that he would like to focus on tax cuts, property tax, income tax," Sheppard said. "There are also other options. Reinvestment, in terms of education, job investment. Also there are some say we should pay more attention to paying down the structural deficit in Wisconsin. And also the rainy day fund, we need to continue to replenish that."

Last year during his State of the State address, the Governor focused on strengthening Wisconsin's economy, streamlining government efficiency, and building a new workforce through education. Sheppard thinks Walker will focus on a lot of the same things again.

"I think Governor Walker will continue with his basically sort of austerity sort of approach to government," Sheppard said. "I think he's done a lot of the ground work already, but he will continue along that path. Again, reducing the size, cost, and scope of government here in Wisconsin."

Sheppard said Walker will need to reestablish with his base voters in his State of the State in order to help influence the upcoming governor's race. He also said Walker will need to reach out to others that may still be on the fence.

Sheppard joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.

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