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Democratic challengers, Republicans react to Walker speech

January 24, 2018

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker after finishing the State of the State Address Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 in the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Reactions to Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State speech Wednesday, in which he proposed a $100 per-child rebate and other priorities in advance of the November re-election:

Republican budget committee co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling:

“We will adopt Governor Walker’s $100 child tax credit, sharing the ‘reform dividend’ with the hardworking families of the state.”

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Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse:

“Despite Governor Walker’s frantic attempts to improve his public approval ratings in a tough election year, Wisconsin residents will not be fooled. This election year enlightenment has shown that he has failed to deliver on his empty promises of the past and his misguided priorities have taken the state in the wrong direction.”

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Democratic state Rep. Chris Taylor, a member of the budget committee:

“You can’t listen to what the governor says, you have to look at what he’s done.”

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Matt Flynn, Democratic candidate for governor, former state Democratic Party director:

“In election years, Scott Walker makes promises he never keeps. Election Year Walker pretends he has Wisconsin’s best interests at heart. We cannot trust Election Year Walker.”

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Tony Evers, state superintendent and Democratic candidate for governor:

“Scott Walker can’t hide from his record. His State of the State speech was nothing more than a transparent election-year attempt to rewrite history.”

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Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce president Kurt Bauer:

“Gov. Walker’s proposal to create a child tax credit should be quickly adopted by the legislature and signed into law.”

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