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UPDATE: Gov. Walker kicks off re-election campaign

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DANE (WKOW) -- In a brief address to about 100 supporters at Dane Manufacturing Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker kicked off his 2014 reelection campaign.

The Governor made it clear his focus for getting reelected would revolve around the state's economy.

"Four years ago at this point we had more than 130,000 jobs that were being lost during Jim Doyle's last term in office," Gov. Walker told the crowd.  "The budget deficit?  It was over three million dollars." 

Starting with that premise, the Governor then listed off ways the state is in better shape today.

"Well, that budget deficit is now a surplus of nearly $1 billion," Gov. Walker announced to a round of applause.

On employment, Gov. Walker didn't mention his original promise to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term - a goal the state is on pace to fall far short of right now.  Instead, he focused how far the state has come to this point.

"Over 100,000 new jobs have been created since we've taken office.  That's the most exciting news of the day," said Gov. Walker.

Certainly no coincidence, the campaign kickoff started on tax day.  The Governor highlighted his role in cutting state taxes.

"We wanted to make sure that you, the hard working taxpayers, would see real relief," said Gov. Walker.  "And so over the last three years, we've reduced the tax burden by over $2 billion," said Gov. Walker. 

The Governor then said he's not done yet, asking for four more years to continue what he's started.

"We want to reduce the dependency on government and increase the dependency on hard work and personal pride.  Isn't that what its all about?  Hard work and pride," said Gov. Walker.

The Governor also made stops across the state Tuesday in La Crosse, Schofield, Chippewa Falls, Green Bay and West Allis.

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DANE (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) kicked off his 2014 reelection campaign Tuesday morning by emphasizing lower spending and reduced taxes during a speech at Dane Manufacturing Co.

Joined by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and his family, Gov. Walker reminded the roughly 100 supporters in attendance about the $3.6 billion dollar deficit and 130,000 jobs lost when he took office in 2011.  He touted his budget reforms which have garnered a $1 billion dollar surplus for the state, more than 100,000 new jobs and lower taxes.

Gov. Walker made no mention of his opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, or of his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term.  It is unlikely Wisconsin will reach that goal by the end of this year.  Instead, the Governor told the crowd more work needed to be done and that Wisconsin is on the right path going forward because of his reforms.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann was at today's campaign kickoff and will have full details on 27 News at 5 and 6.


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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Walker kicks off his re-election campaign Tuesday.

He'll be joined by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch as they tour the state. The pair will stop at Dane Manufacturing Tuesday morning.

They plan to make special announcements in several communities around Wisconsin.

We've got you covered with the governor's tour at 27 News at 5, 6 and 10.

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