Doyle Gives State of the State Address

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

He's been our governor for a year, and says Wisconsin is "back on track.” Doyle promised to deliver a series of reforms that will improve the lives of children. He also wants to increase the state's minimum wage, and help displaced workers, and he pledges to keep spending under control after solving the state's $3 billion budget deficit, while keeping the property taxes in check.

"In fact, contrary to all the dire predictions we heard, Wisconsin had the lowest increase in local property taxes in four years," says Doyle. "Reforming the school finance system is the single most important thing we can do to hold down property taxes."

Republicans, though, say the governor only gave lip service to controlling property taxes.

"He waited 'til late in the speech to have any serious discussion on property taxes, and he never talked about any specific detail," says Assembly Speaker John Gard. "Fact of the matter is Wisconsin property taxes rose significantly last year, and there are a lot of people in the state who are not fooled by any sort of empty rhetoric."

Doyle also announced the development of a web site that will allow people to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, and he says the state has to stay locked in on what counts the most: education, health care, and jobs.

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