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Wisconsin is working. In fact, more people are employed this year than at any time in the history of our state. That goes back all the way to 1848!

Our unemployment rate is at a 15 year low – nearly half of what it was when we first took office. The percentage of people working in Wisconsin is also one of the highest in the country.

On top of that, we made it more affordable to live in Wisconsin.

Since 2011, we’ve provided nearly $5 billion in tax relief. Both property and income taxes are lower today than they were six years ago. And, we froze tuition at all University of Wisconsin campuses for four years in a row.

This is great news for you, the people of our great state. But, we know there is more work to be done. We need an accountable government that puts taxpayers first and puts an end to one-size-fits-all Washington mandates.

We need to focus on student success by developing a career path for everyone and by making it even more affordable to get a great education in Wisconsin.

We’re also going to put forth common-sense reforms that reward work by eliminating the barriers that stand between good people and good jobs. This is extremely important, because true freedom and prosperity don’t come from the clumsy hand of the government – they come from empowering people to live their own lives and pursue their own destinies through the dignity that comes from work.

This past year, I traveled to all 72 Wisconsin counties to hear directly from people about what they expect out of their state government. I’ve heard firsthand what investments you want to keep Wisconsin strong.

As we prepare the budget between now and next February, make sure you check out our website, www.walker.wi.gov, or follow my twitter account, @GovWalker, to find out what our administration is doing about accountable government, student success, and rewarding work.

I look forward to hearing from you as we continue to build a better Wisconsin.

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