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Governor promotes frugality in Wausau


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Governor Scott Walker appealed to factory workers in Wausau Thursday about changes he would like to see that will help the state create 250,000 jobs over the next four years.

“We need to be reform-minded and move our state forward just like our businesses are taking decisive action to move us forward,” Walker said on the floor of the Wausau Container Corporation.

The company, which makes containers for food and other retail products around the country, benefited from a recent change in state law that eliminates taxes on health savings accounts.

Walker repeated the same themes he raised in his State of the State speech Tuesday, including reforming entitlement programs and asking public employees to pay more toward their pensions and health care costs.

“Only spending the money you have, like you do in your homes, and not more than that is ultimately what's going to lead to prosperity and freedom for all of our people,” he said.

Walker brushed aside criticism that his speech did not offer specifics. He pointed to a series of bills passed in a special legislative session that have created a better environment to do business in Wisconsin. Walker said he will release specifics when he unveils his next two-year budget February 22nd.