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Gov. Walker to talk income tax cut, mining, education reforms in State of the State


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will make a promise tonight that middle-class taxpayers will get their state income taxes cut.

He’ll tell lawmakers during his State of the State address that he’ll advance Wisconsin with quote, “bold vision and bright hope for the future.”

Walker released excerpts of his speech, which begins at 7 p.m. at the State Capitol.

He did not provide new details of the income tax cut. He said earlier it would be phased in over a number of years. Walker will promise quote, “to continue to put more money in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers and small business owners in our state.”

The Republican also plans to talk up mining – and he’ll again support efforts to set deadlines for state permit approvals, with a relaxing of rules to make it more appealing for mining companies to come in.

Walker will say in his speech that a mine would be quote, “a lifeline to people in northwest Wisconsin, where the unemployment rate in Iron County is the second-highest in the state at nearly 12-percent.” But he said the benefits would be felt across Wisconsin.

The governor will also re-interate that he’ll make more changes to the state’s education system, without being specific.

Governors of both parties have traditionally been vague in their State-of-the-State addresses, saving the details for their budget presentations.