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Walker on taxes, Hulsey entering race, & Family Care


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Governor Scott Walker made a stop in Wausau Monday for the Chamber of Commerce Small Business week dinner.

Walker joined Senator Jerry Petrowski and Representatives Mandy Wright, Bob Kulp, and John Spiros to talk about government actions in the past session and its role in the future. Walker continued his theme of lowering taxes, expanding job training, and encouraging employers to look at unique abilities in the disabled workers taking part in the Better Bottom Line campaign.

Before Walker spoke, Democratic Representative Brett Hulsey announced he would give up his Assembly seat to run for Governor. Walker believes it’s good that more people want to take part in the democratic process.  “They’re going to have a primary now, so we’ll see who ultimately becomes their nominee, but my guess is in the end, it will be pretty much the same no matter who ends up winning that primary. It will be a choice between going back to the days of Jim Doyle’s policies, which I would argue failed the state.”

Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey will have their primary in August.

With the legislative session done, its still unclear if Walker will call a special session to deal with the voter ID law that has been tied up in the courts.  “It’s one of those where part of it is trying to gauge what the courts, both the federal and state courts, think they need for this. You know, we’ll watch closely. It’s one of those if you thought the court was sending a signal that they could uphold it if was done that way, we’d certainly look at it, but we’re still trying to assess that.”

Walker made a stop in Green Bay earlier in the day to announce expansion of the Family Care program for seven more counties. Family Care uses Medicaid dollars to manage health care for elderly and disabled Wisconsinites. The program was previously limited to 57 of the 72 counties. The expansion adds Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Oconto, Shawano, and Menominee counties.