Dealing with declining state revenues and rising unemployment dominated much of Governor Jim Doyle’s agenda in 2009.
However, in an end of the year interview with WRN, Doyle says the state has been able to weather the storm better than others. He says agencies have been able to cut spending, while still trying to protect jobs and services. The governor says people have had to do more with less, but they have succeeded.
Still, Doyle admits that it’s been tough for many in the Badger State. With unemployment still higher than in previous years and many businesses facing closure, he doubts 2009 is a year many would want to relive.
The Governor says things are starting to look up. As he enters his last year in office, Doyle says a major focus will be on preparing the state to take advantage of new economic opportunities, such as jobs in biotechnology and renewable energy industries. He says the state needs to be ready for long term sustained growth, as the economy starts to improve.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (:57)