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Walker to tout tax cuts, mining in State of State

Published On: Jan 15 2013 01:49:49 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker plans to talk about his desire to cut income taxes for the middle class and pass a bill to create mining jobs in northern Wisconsin in his State of the State speech.

Walker released excerpts of the speech Tuesday afternoon. He is scheduled to deliver it Tuesday evening to a joint meeting of the Legislature.

In the excerpts, Walker says the state is headed in the right direction after his last budget that eliminated a $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

Walker did that through massive cuts to public education, the University of Wisconsin System and by requiring public workers to pay more for health care and pension benefits.

Walker says the state made "tough but prudent decisions" that now makes money available to cut taxes.

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