Gov. Scott Walker (proper) and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch increase their arms on the conclusion of the rally the place Walker introduced his marketing campaign for re-election at a rally at Weldall Manufacturing Inc. in Waukesha on Sunday.(Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo
WAUKESHA – Gov. Scott Walker dove into his re-election bid Sunday on guarantees of elevating wages, chopping taxes, combating the unfold of medication and making certain Wisconsin has high quality colleges.
“I want you to know I believe in you, I believe in the people of Wisconsin and I believe there is more to be done,” the GOP governor informed a crowd at Weldall Manufacturing.
Announcing his bid for a 3rd time period a 12 months and a day earlier than the 2018 election, Walker spoke from a low stage between large U.S. and Wisconsin flags. A banner above him included his identify and the catchphrase “Moving Wisconsin Forward.”
“We want everyone to share in the Wisconsin comeback,” he informed his supporters. “Looking ahead we want a state where we see household income going up … where we let you keep more of your money, more of your take-home pay.”
Walker obtained within the race after hinting for months that he deliberate to take action. A number of Democrats have already introduced they may problem Walker on the idea that voters will flip in opposition to Republicans after giving them full management of the state and nation.
Ahead of Sunday’s announcement, Walker stated in an interview he would serve his full time period if re-elected, ruling out the potential for serving in President Donald Trump’s administration or difficult him in a 2020 major. Soon after he was elected to his second time period in 2014, Walker briefly sought the Republican presidential nomination.
On Sunday, he warned his backers he would face a troublesome race due to opposition from Democrats, unions and their allies.
“The best way to counter the tens of millions of dollars from the big government special interests in Washington is through an army of grbadroots volunteers,” Walker stated to cheers.
Walker rose to nationwide prominence quickly after he was first elected in 2010 when he embraced a measure to all however remove collective bargaining for many public employees within the state amid huge protests. That battle led to a 2012 recall election, with Walker changing into the one governor to outlive one within the nation’s historical past.
“He’s not afraid to fight for what he believes in,” stated Rose Thomas of Pewaukee, who joined Walker’s supporters at Weldall. “He has a lot of integrity and courage.”
“We’ve always been impressed with his focus on family values (and being) pro-life,” stated her husband, Jerry Thomas.
Hundreds of individuals protested Walker’s announcement outdoors Weldall, urging him to lift the minimal wage to $15 an hour and provides extra help to immigrants.
Uniqua Gordon of Milwaukee stated she makes $9 an hour as a fast-food employee and want to see a increase. She stated she doesn’t imagine Walker is dedicated to rising pay for employees like her.
“He said that before and nothing’s changed,” she stated. “He’s pretty much been lying to us.”
The subject of Democrats difficult Walker seems to be rising by the day. Already within the race are state Schools Superintendent Tony Evers; former state Democratic Party Chairman Matt Flynn; Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik; political activist Mike McCabe; state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma; and state Rep. Dana Wachs of Eau Claire.
Democrats stated so many individuals have gotten within the race as a result of they view Walker as weak after seven years in workplace.
“People are bored with (the Walker agenda) and Democrats imagine there’s a higher approach ahead,” stated state Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).
Since being elected, Walker has minimize billions of in taxes and loosened environmental and enterprise laws.
This 12 months, Walker has championed a deal that might give as much as $three billion in money funds and tax breaks to Foxconn Technology Group for an enormous facility in Racine County that might manufacture flat-screen show panels.
He didn’t point out that mission in Sunday’s speech and as a substitute centered on his insurance policies that froze tuition at University of Wisconsin campuses, minimize taxes and invested more cash in public colleges. He stated he would additionally fight the unfold of opioids and different medicine which have claimed lives throughout the state.
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