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Barrett makes jobs top issue in gubernatorial campaign


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett made his first official visit to Wausau Tuesday, pledging to make job creation the top priority of his administration.

The Milwaukee mayor toured Wausau's business incubator and said after that he saw American entrepreneurship at its finest.

“I think that's going to be the key for lifting Wisconsin out of the economic doldrums that are facing this nation,” Barrett said.

Barrett favors an aggressive, proactive approach to bringing and attracting new jobs to Wisconsin.

To that end, he supports the CORE jobs creation plan the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee passed last week. That package includes tax incentives and credits for businesses who help create and retain jobs in Wisconsin.

The father of four teenage children also promised to exercise fiscal responsibility in achieving his job-creating measures.

“I don't want to leave them with a mountain of debt,” he said.

Barrett is the only Democrat running for the state's highest office. Three Republicans, including Milwaukee County executive Scott Walker, former Congressman Mark Neumann and businessman Mark Todd, are also running to replace Governor Jim Doyle, who will not seek re-election to a third term.