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Walker campaign stops in Hudson

Gov. Scott Walker stopped in Hudson Saturday afternoon and told supporters the election is "not about me, it's about our sons and daughters." <i>Margaret A. Ontl photos</i>1 / 2
A group of about 200 people showed up at the Republican Party Hudson Victory Center to hear Gov. Scott Walker's message.2 / 2

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Hudson Saturday, May 26, and told about 200 supporters that his budget changes are working in Wisconsin.

"It is interesting that the opposition is not even talking about the reasons that the recall was initiated," Walker said. "The reason they are not talking about our reforms is because they are working!"

Walker was talking about his budget repair bill that included cuts to union collective bargaining.

"We can document that the bill has saved taxpayers of Wisconsin $1 billion," Walker said. "For the first time in 12 years, property taxes have gone down. We now have a $154 million budget surplus. We have put money into the rainy day fund for two consecutive years."

Before Walker's actions, the state budget was facing a $3.5 billion deficit.

Walker also defended his work in creating jobs. Walker made a campaign promise in 2010 that he would create 250,000 new jobs by the end of his four-year term in 2014.

"Don't believe the numbers you see in opponents' ads," Walker said. "Their numbers reflect a survey of 3 percent of employers. We surveyed 160,000 employers and our numbers are more accurate. We can show that the state has gained more than 30,000 new jobs.

"We're moving the state forward. Our opponents have no plan."

Walker was also critical of his opponent, Democrat and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

"In his eight years as mayor of Milwaukee, taxes and fees have increased 43 percent and unemployment has increased 28 percent," Walker said. "Milwaukee is one of the poorest big cities in the country."

Walker also said violent crime is up in Milwaukee, citing a recent report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"I can understand why they (Democrats) don't want to talk about Barrett's record. He should spend his time trying to fix Milwaukee's problems instead of screwing up the state of Wisconsin," Walker told appreciative supporters.

Walker said Democrats are sending out-of-state people into Wisconsin and that it can be countered by "good old-fashioned grassroots organization." He encouraged everyone to talk to friends and neighbors.

"We have the secret weapon -- truth," Walker said. "We can't be afraid to share.

"I was touring a plant in Oshkosh and the manager told me he had voted for Tom Barrett two years ago, but that he was voting for me in this election. He said he was voting for me because I had the "courage to take on the tough problems.'

"Politics is the only profession I know of where you're considered 'courageous' if you keep your word."

Walker said the election is more than just solving the state's financial problems.

"This is not about me -- it's bigger than that," Walker said. "The reason we all work hard is to make sure our kids have a better home, better community and better state. Think more about the next generation than the next election -- isn't that why you elected me?

"It's not about me, it's about our sons and daughters. I want to make sure they have a Wisconsin that's at least as good as the state I grew up in."

Walker's talk Saturday was held at the Republican Party Hudson Victory Center, 213 Second St. Walker and Barrett will face each other in the June 5 recall election.

Walker was also given an award Saturday by Hudsonite Tony Nasvik, representing the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Walker earned the organization's Courage and Leadership Award that is presented each year to one person in the nation.

Click this link to see a story on where River Falls citizens can vote Tuesday, June 5: www.votingplaces

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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