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Major job losses gone expected to be part of Gov. Walker's address

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will tell Wisconsinites tonight that the days of major job losses are over -- and an improved economy has brought in extra tax revenue that should be given back to the people who paid them.  

The Republican Walker will use much of his annual State of th -State address to highlight a $504 million tax cut over the next year-and-a-half. It comes as Walker positions himself for re-election this fall, and possibly a bid for president in 2016.  

Walker released excerpts of his speech this afternoon. He'll tell lawmakers that the state of the state is, "strong and improving every day -- the economy is dramatically better, and our finances are in great shape -- and still, there is more work to be done."  

The text of Walker's speech also quotes him as saying, "The days of double-digit tax increases, billion-dollar deficits, and major job loss are gone. We replaced them with massive tax cuts, growing budget surpluses, and significant job growth."  

Democrats have said much of the surplus should go to public schools, job training, and the $850 million structural deficit left for the next budget.  

Walker also plans to say that Wisconsin needs to recognize its status as a top manufacturing state -- and that welders, machinists, and tool and die operators need to be as valued as doctors and lawyers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)