The incoming governor addresses members of the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association.
Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker promotes his job-creation agenda and touts the core industries that built Wisconsin: manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. “Agriculture is at the forefront of the big three that have built the state’s economy over our state’s history and I’m convinced are at the forefront of what’s going to get us out of this national state recession. I just know it.”
Walker says the role of agriculture is particularly significant because, after all, we have to eat. He wants to make sure farmers and cheesemakers have the tools they need for production and expansion. Walker says first on his agenda after being sworn in to office is to declare an economic emergency and call for a special session of the state legislature for the sole purpose of focusing on jobs.
Walker says he can help create 250,000 jobs by reducing taxation, regulation, and litigation. “When it comes to tort reform I want to be the most aggressive state in the country.”
Walker says he wants to overhaul the Department of Commerce, making it similar to that in Indiana, saying the current agency spends too much time regulating rather than promoting and expanding commerce. Walker touched on transportation, saying he’ll make cost-effective investments in the infrastructure, including the Internet.