State Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, a Republican, released the following statement following Governor Scott Walker’s second State of the State address in Madison:
“Last year we came into office with a $3.6 billion dollar deficit, a struggling economy, and taxes that were continually on the rise. Since our Governor’s last address, we have balanced our budget, began creating an environment where employers could do business, put power back in the hands of taxpaying citizens and we did this all without raising taxes.
“When I first took office, nearly $640 was owed for every man, woman and child in Wisconsin, we had millions of dollars in unpaid bills, and the Doyle Administration raised taxes by nearly 3 billion dollars. I am pleased to say that this Republican administration began to put Wisconsin on track to fiscal responsibility and proper job creation through our Budget Repair Bill and the 2011-2013 biennial budget.
“Job creation continues to be Governor Walker’s, as well as my, top priority the rest of this term. We must examine every statute to see where we can improve our business climate. We have passed some very successful job bills this past year and I am eager to continue working on various job bills that connect the unemployed with employers across the state as well as reduce regulations that have hindered job growth in the past.
“Wisconsin is on the right track and it is because of these reforms that we have our lowest unemployment rate since 2008 and our lowest property taxes in 15 years. We have seen what Democrats have done in our surrounding states and we simply cannot take the chance of excessive spending and taxes for Wisconsin citizens. We still have a lot of work to do, but I am pleased with Governor Walker’s reforms and I am happy to stand with him.”