Gov. Walker: State of Our State

Gov. Scott Walker delivers his weekly radio address.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed online. To download an mp3 file you can visit Walker's website, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address, which is titled State of Our State.

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

On Wednesday, I reported on the State of our State. 

We looked back to last January and remembered that during the three years before I took office, Wisconsin lost 150,000 private-sector jobs. The unemployment rate a year ago was 7.5 percent.  And after years of tax increases and budget tricks, Wisconsin faced one of the largest budget deficits in the country.

 Now, our unemployment rate is down from a year ago.  In fact, it's the lowest it’s been since 2008.

During the past year, we added thousands of new jobs.  And we balanced the state budget.  In fact, we balanced it -- without raising taxes; without massive layoffs; and without budget tricks; all of which allowed us to put more than $1.2 billion of new state money into Medicaid programs like Badgercare and FamilyCare.

Not only did we invest in important programs, but we also protected the taxpayers.   Property taxes across the state are the best they’ve been in 15 years, and the K-12 property tax rates are down for the first time in years. 

 In my State of the State address we laid out plans to help the people of Wisconsin create more jobs, to keep our budget balanced and to insure that every kid in the state has access to a great education.  A year from now, I hope that I can report on how these plans helped improve the lives of all of our citizens in this great state. 

Working together, we can move Wisconsin forward.

Randy1949 January 31, 2012 at 12:51 AM
I'm self-employed, so I'll have to give myself a stern talking-to -- if I ever catch me, that is.
$$andSense January 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Keep it up guys. I do have RESPECT for the self employed.My comments don't apply to you.
Bob McBride January 31, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Need you say more? Whether you need to or not doesn't seem to be the controlling factor for you.
Mark Maley January 31, 2012 at 01:07 AM
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Say What? January 31, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Randy, how about I scold you. Stop trying to be level headed! I have had enough of it!
James R Hoffa January 31, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Same here - self-employed independent contractor and entrepreneur that has actually created many jobs. $$andSense - Mighty tough words for someone who's quoted as having said earlier: "Are you 12 years old or reading comprehension challenged? Dope smoking and acid dropping will do that to your brain sir." Just make sure to thoroughly wash the bong after you've used it! BTW - Hoffa is 100% drug and alcohol free. Many on Patch can confirm this as being true! Have a great evening, as I'm sure you're dead tired after a long hard day of being productive, unlike the rest of us knuckleheads!
$$andSense January 31, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Sorry Mark, but not sure what infraction of the 1st amendment was stated here? Sure, I don't agree with others but didn't see any racist, anarchist or other inflammatory comments going down. Wow. I guess we all need to check our attitudes.
$$andSense January 31, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Good for you Hoffa. Having friends that have gotten through the process, I am glad to see that you have gotten over your addiction too. Cheers to your sobriety and cleanliness. Didn't call you a knucklehead, just said we don't agree on some issues. There is a difference if you care to take the time to get away from name calling.
James R Hoffa January 31, 2012 at 02:18 AM
$$andSense - 1st Amendment doesn't apply here. Patch is a privately owned website and has a 'terms of service' limited use license that all commentators must agree to before being allowed to post here. If the editors, such as Mark, deem that certain comments don't live up to those terms, then they will delete them. Case closed. For further confirmation of this policy, just ask poor old Angry White Dude, if he's even around any more. Pretty simple, yes? BTW - Welcome to the internet!
Say What? January 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Seriously, there are folks from both sides that need to take some time to watch this. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-12-2012/civil-disservice
James R Hoffa January 31, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Actually, Hoffa's been 'straight edge' his entire life, and never had an addiction to get over. And yeah, I know that you never called us 'knuckleheads,' that's a term that I reserve for those who constantly go back and forth on Patch without any sort of resolve - including myself! I try to stay away from calling names, so if I've offended you in any way, I do apologize for that, as it wasn't ever intended to be personal. Cheers!
$$andSense January 31, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Hoffa- then you are an inspiration. May we continue to disagree on some matters and agree on others. I would like to buy you coffee some day.
$$andSense January 31, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Hoffa- then you are an inspiration. May we continue to disagree on some matters and agree on others. I would like to buy you coffee some day.
The Anti-Alinsky January 31, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I didn't say I knew someone who knew someone that may have been elected. I talked to a past mayor when he was in office and the finance director. You have yet to answer my question about specifics on what I stated was wrong. And, I notice you had no comment on the list of tools from the Act 10 changes. Could you be speechless? And are you peeing your pants again?
Adam Wienieski January 31, 2012 at 04:59 AM
@Bren--We are one year into Governor Walker's first four year term and with the prospect of President Obama being voted out of office the markets appear to have already priced in an economic rally. There is plenty of time for employment to bounce back in Wisconsin and across the country. Just so we're perfectly clear, it's important to you that we immediately implement the deep spending cuts and significant tax increases necessary to wipe out the states long term debt estimated at approximately $6 billion over the next two years. If Scott Walker keeps those promises by every means possible you are thereafter 100 percent in the tank for him?
Bren January 31, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Adam, I would first point out that Obama's approval rating has climbed to 53%, attributed to resonance from his State of the Union speech. Given the cast of characters in the Republican primary (and my Republican father's opinion of each) I would be very surprised if Obama is voted out of office. Certainly the right seems to be challenging itself to move as far from center as possible, leading me to believe they have prudently set their sights on 2016. Adam, I'm on record as calling for a measured, multi-year approach to resolving our state's fiscal issues. Right now we're "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" so to speak. I can't support Scott Walker in his present course, cutting education etc., and because I can't accept "we're broke" while millions are spent on pet projects that aren't "his" because he's following a multi-state agenda.
Thurston Howell III January 31, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Hoffa, Rest in bed, drink plenty of liquids and call your doc in the morning. You should be back to your old self soon. hehehehehe ;-) knucklehead :-) LOL
Celeste Koeberl January 31, 2012 at 06:19 AM
Bewildered: Town of Hudson property taxes increased overall by 6.9% from 2010 to 2011 for residential properties that had identical assessed values in 2011 and 2010. The percentage increase in property taxes for specific purposes from 2010 is shown on the 2011 property tax bill (state portion +1.8%, St. Croix County portion +8.0%, Town of Hudson portion +0.1%, Hudson School District portion +7.5%, and WITC portion +5.4%). The decrease in state aids for specific purposes from 2010 is shown on the 2011 property tax bill (-7% for St. Croix County, -7.3% for Town of Hudson, -6.7% for Hudson School District, and -30.6% for WITC). The facts are that property taxes went up in the Town of Hudson in 2011 as a result of Governor Walker's "reforms".
Celeste Koeberl January 31, 2012 at 06:59 AM
As noted in your comment above, Adam Wienieski: "Facts are stubborn things." Governor Walker has repeatedly asserted claims about his accomplishments that are factually inaccurate. For example, regarding the state budget he is quoted in the article above as saying: "we balanced it -- without raising taxes . . . and without budget tricks". But fact-checking reveals that Governor Walker's claims are false. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau classified the changes made to the Homestead Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit as $69.8 million in tax increases, totaled the $133 million fee increases, found the $400 million in fund shifting, and calculated that the state will have a deficit of $3 billion by 2012-13. You can make your own analysis, but not your own facts. (See, 11/16/11, PolitiFact, at http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/promises/walk-o-meter/promise/561/require-use-of-accepted-accounting-principles-to-b/; Budget in Brief, Table 7 on page 33, at http://www.doa.state.wi.us/debf/pdf_files/bib1113.pdf; 11/17/11, PolitiFact, at http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/promises/walk-o-meter/promise/563/never-raid-special-state-funds-for-other-program/; 7/1/11, PolitiFact, at http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/jul/01/jeff-fitzgerald/no-fee-increases-wisconsins-2011-13-state-budget-w/; 12/12/11, PolitiFact, at http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/article/2011/dec/12/inside-walker-tax-debate-ws-budget-increase-or-cut/)
C T January 31, 2012 at 03:04 PM
You miss your Doyle, don't you? He did such a great job! (Sarcasm intended). From your little "blog", one must assume you haven't gotten the education that promotes reading COMPREHENSION. TRUTH is TRUTH, and you do NOT want to see it, hear it or read it. Your line items are all incorrect and you are ONLY pushing an agenda that is filled with empty "feelings", not information. Open your mind...there is a world out there filled with fact based KNOWLEDGE...real information, not just talking points from the left.
Adam Wienieski February 01, 2012 at 03:51 AM
It's troubling how far the haters will go to paint Scott Walkers managerial competence as broken promises or not living up to his word. They're afraid to admit his ideas are worked and the sky didn't fall. Balancing the budget, lowering taxes and encouraging the people who create jobs is the last thing in the world Celeste wants to see happen, but she will mindlessly hammer Governor Walker for not doing so in a precise fashion. So far in this thread Celeste has (wrongly) said Walker's budget repair bill caused property taxes to go up, raised taxes and fees, raided special funds, failed to create jobs and either balanced the budget using gimmicks or not balanced the budget using generally accepted accounting principles (you pick it.) Jim Doyle and the democrat's bread and butter was raising taxes, raiding segregated funds and adding to our future liabilities. I guarantee you Celeste has absolutely no issues with anything done by the tax and spend democrats over the last 8 years. We can debate if redistributing income from one group of Wisconsin citizens to another at tax time (called the Earned Income Credit) is pure socialism or just welfare and if taking it away is a "tax increase" but the hypocrisy remains the same. For the Celeste's of the world there will always be another problem or injustice to fund with other people's money; there is no amount of income confiscation they consider "fair."
Adam Wienieski February 01, 2012 at 04:06 AM
"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded--here and there, now and then--are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as 'bad luck.' " -- Robert Heinlein, in "Time Enough for Love," 1973
Say What? February 01, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Adam, He(walker) did say that they were running a 3 Billion deficit. This after he claimed a $300million surplus. This after having a $3 Billion deficit. I get confused, which is it?
Say What? February 01, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Adam, I like that you use an atheist fiction writer to support the right wing religious political beliefs. I am not trying to discredit him, I just might use his quotes to defeat jesus loving political movements.
Adam Wienieski February 02, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Say What?--A curiously appropriate moniker. The tea party emphasis on constitutional limits, freedom from government and fiscal sanity has nothing to do with loving jesus. We're not all social conservatives, although I'd rather sit next to an evangelical than a smelly occupy wall streeter. If you think Mr Heinlein is talking about occupiers or artistes or atheists in this quote you're not paying attention.
Adam Wienieski February 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The Wisconsin budget deficit is calculated and reported two different ways. It's confusing and people quote information with no effort to keep it straight. The state budget is balanced on a "cash" basis which counts expenditures only when payments are made. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) require the "accrual" accounting method meaning expenditures are reported when the spending is authorized. When Walker first took office the estimated cash shortfall was about $3 billion, after his budget reforms the state's general fund probably showed a $300 million surplus while the Comprehensive Annual Fiscal Report (CAFR) prepared by the legislative audit bureau using GAAP showed approximately a $3 billion deficit. To keep things in perspective the state's financial statements have been in the red ever since it began using GAAP in 1989.
Say What? February 02, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Adam, I would liken your quote of this fictional writer to that of those who quote the bible on "an eye for an eye". The greater works as a whole might be more important. Or maybe, its just plain outdated.
Patriot February 02, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Well with the recent signing of The Right To Work Bill in Indiana, I think the silent majority are finally being heard. Its time for fiscal sanity!! Considering the CBO just released their prediction for the Country as a whole. They forecast unemployment to be above 9% by year end. Hmmmmmm so it seems the progressive liberal ideoligies are working good:)) Gov Walker will prevail and his ideas and direction will move Wisconsin forward.
JW February 05, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Wow... Ms. Peel is something else. I see she seems to love calling people home-schooled as if that is some winning move that proves her higher intelligence instead of something that makes her seem ridiculous. Plus... really, in my life I have not run into that many home-schooled people, yet it seems in her mind everyone she disagrees with must be home-schooled? On top of that, I wouldn't personally assume someone home-schooled is lacking academically. Every individual is different. Looking through a few of her recent posts, Mrs Peel apparently sits around and counts out the number of times people post in a thread, or the grammatical errors they make as some proof of their viewpoints being irrelevant. It is purely non-substantive bashing. I encourage everyone to take a moment and look at some of her recent posts. Ridiculous. I am glad to see she is anti-Walker because she can only add to making that side look more fanatic. Plus, you gotta love a grammar snob who includes their own uncaught grammatical errors "withing" their posting about grammar. I personally don't generally get caught up in pointing out grammar mistakes because eventually everyone has some, and often they are more typos than anything else. More often than not grammar mistakes are a mistyped word or using the wrong form of a word in the heat of a discussion. I have been inspired to consciously avoid paragraph usage as a new general rule online now since it rubs Mrs Peel the wrong way... lol.
Cynthia February 05, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I have a sister-in-law that home schools her kids...... Amazing how smart they are. They even do plays and skits for their town and travel around their State performing. They also know the Constitution up and down and would put many public school children to shame.... Ya know mrspeel some parents are or should have been teachers............. You think they lack the skills to raise and teach their own kids? .


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