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Walker's Brown Bag tour in Mosinee Friday


MOSINEE, Wis. (WSAU) -- Governor Scott Walker was back in central Wisconsin Friday afternoon. Walker visited with employees of Greenheck Fan’s Mosinee plant as part of his Brown Bag Tour of businesses.

The Governor covered familiar ground on the issues of unemployment, recruiting businesses to Wisconsin, job creation, and efforts underway at the state level to help in these areas.

Walker also explained how a new business tax credit program will help businesses reinvest in themselves, which creates jobs and is a win-win for the business and the state.  "That 7 1/2 percent tax credit will wipe out almost all of that taxable liability, and that means when you see equipment like you see behind us here today, that really makes a difference because they can take that money and, instead of paying it in higher taxes to the state, they can reinvest that in new equipment, and new equipment is what overwhelmingly puts people to work."

The Governor acknowledges there have been discussions about how to make Wisconsin’s tax climate better. He says eliminating the income tax has been talked about, but so have many other ideas.  "Discussions we've had thus far, and continue to have throughout this year, are preparations for the 2015 budget.  (It's) not only cutting taxes, providing tax relief, but what's the best way to do it, looking at tax reform.  What's the most effective way to do that in terms of improving the economy and putting incentives for adding more jobs and adding more prosperity in the state."

Walker says his administration does not yet have a final plan for how to cut taxes, but he knows cutting taxes every year is part of his goal.  "The only tax plan I've layed out is I want to cut taxes every year I'm in office.  How we do that, whether it's through the income tax, the property tax, some other form, is really something we hope to have an ongoing dialogue over the next year on."

While at Greenheck Fan, CEO Jim McIntyre thanked Walker for his efforts last spring during a trade mission to China. During that trip, Walker helped Greenheck Fan secure a deal worth over six hundred thousand dollars in sales for a skyscraper project. McIntyre referred to the Governor as, “the company’s top international sales associate for April of 2013” for helping to close that deal.