Walker takes office as Wisconsin's 45th Governor

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Scott Walker has been sworn in as Wisconsin's 45th Governor at an inauguration ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda.

The top issue on the 43-year-old's agenda is the Wisconsin economy. The state is facing a $3 billion shortfall in the two-year state budget, and Walker plans to call an emergency legislative session immediately to begin work on bills he says will help the economy.

Walker said Monday in his inaugural address that he will “right-size” state government and make tough but compassionate decisions to balance the budget.

He also says he won't be raising taxes or raiding segregated state funds - two things he criticized former Gov. Jim Doyle for doing during his campaign.

Doyle decided not to run for a third term.

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