Hamilton Political Tidbits – State of the State Edition – January 14, 2015

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January 14, 2015

On the evening of January 13th, Governor Scott Walker delivered his first "State of the State" address of his second term as governor. The speech, reactions from others and video clips are outlined below.

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Gov. Walker's 2015 State of the State Address



Governor Scott Walker delivered his fifth State of the State address last night, his first for his second term. Running just twenty-four minutes long, one of his shortest state of the state addresses, the governor said the state of Wisconsin is strong. He highlighted Wisconsin's economic situation, including an ever-improving unemployment rate, growth in private sector jobs, and budget reforms that saved taxpayers $2 billion.


When it came to specifics, Governor Walker announced his plan to merge the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). He also asked that legislation be passed to merge the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The governor also pledged that property taxes four years from now would be lower than they were in 2014, which he stated, for the average Wisconsin homeowner were $141 lower in December than they were four years ago.


In education, the governor specifically asked the state legislature to pass legislation to ensure that no school district is required to use Common Core.  He also asked for legislation that would ensure objective information is available for each public school in the state.


Walker's speech ended with a message that had national and international resonance, as he spoke on the recent terrorist attack against a satirical newspaper in Paris and threats against freedom. This final message and Walker's speech will be under close speculation as many are expecting the governor to enter the 2016 presidential race.


More specifics are expected in the governor's state budget address on February 3rd. The Hamilton Consulting Group will be covering the address. Follow us on Twitter to get live updates, or  subscribe to the Political Tidbits.


Click here to read the full text of the speech.


Legislators React to Walker's State of the State


Reactions to the State of the State are always mixed, with people typically splitting along party lines. WisconsinEye once again provided video coverage of both prepared and off-the-cuff reactions following the governor's speech.

The official Democratic response was provided by Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shillings. Speech beings at 35:58.

Immediately following the speech WisconsinEye caught up with members of the Minority Party, including Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling to get their initial responses to the governor's plans.

Legislators react to the Governor's 2015 State of the State Address, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R), Senator Dave Hansen (D) and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R).

More legislators react to the governor's address, including Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), Rep. John Nygren (R), Senator Chris Larson (D) and Rep. Katrina Shankland (D).

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News Clips 


Scott Walker--Sleeper in 2016 GOP Presidential Race?: Real Clear Politics, Jan. 14, 2015.

Scott Walker's plan to merge state departments spurs concerns: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 14, 2015.

In 'state of the state' speech, Scott Walker unveils road map: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 13, 2015.

GOP governors audition for Washington in annual speeches: Politico, Jan. 13, 2015.

Legislative leaders' State of the State reaction: WisPolitics, Jan. 13, 2015.

Walker pledges suit against EPA regs in State of State speech: WisPolitics, Jan. 13, 2015.

Walker takes a dig at Christie in State of the State:

Walker says Wisconsin can be model of government efficiency: Washington Times, Jan. 13, 2015.

School choice named top legislative priority in Walker's State of the State address: The Daily Cardinal, Jan. 13, 2015.

Democrats slam Walker's State of State speech, while Republicans call it 'bold': Minnesota Star Tribune, Jan. 13, 2015.

Wisconsin's Walker sticks to state matters amid White House talk: Bloomberg, Jan. 13, 2015.

Scott Walker, right again (opinion): The National Review, Jan. 13, 2015.

Walker discusses opportunity to lead America: The Hill, Jan. 13, 2015.


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