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Gov. Walker hopes to garner bi-partisan support for policy ideas


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he believes his proposals can get support from both major parties in the next two years.

And that includes mining incentives that were so politically-contentious in the last session.

The Republican governor spoke to about 300 business and community leaders in La Crosse Thursday, where he and his Cabinet held their second annual summit for small business.

Walker told reporters he’ll keep focusing on job creation. And he predicts that minority Democrats will give at least some support to tax cuts, reforming state regulations, and a newly-reworked mining bill.

In the last session, Democrats joined the GOP in passing some job creation measures. But that was before the massive protests occurred over Walker’s limits on public employee unions.

After that, Democrats refused to cast a single vote on the union limits, the state budget, and mining legislation in which Republicans promoted badly-needed jobs in northern Wisconsin over environmental protections.

This time, the GOP acknowledges that the environment must be addressed. Walker mentioned several times during the La Crosse summit that the new mining package will include safeguards for, “clean air, clean land, and clean water.”