TOMAHAWK - People in the Northwoods want jobs, but a sluggish economy can hurt growth.
Helping to promote more jobs is one reason Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation formed in 2004.
They try and bring together economic groups to accomplish that goal.
Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue Rick Chandler spoke to the group Friday in Tomahawk.
He hopes changes in taxes attract more business and therefore more jobs.
"That involves reducing individual income taxes, creating new business with tax incentives and other things that make our tax structure more competitive," Chandler said.
Chandler is an appointee of Governor Scott Walker. We wanted to know if Walker could still reach his 250,0000 jobs promise in his first term.
"We're making progress in that area and we may not get all the way to 250,000," Chandler said. "I think it's good as an ambitious goal to reach for and everything we can do to get closer to that goal will help."
That's similar to Walker's statement on August 28th, to the Business Journal.
"By any measure — whether it's 100,000, 150,000, 149,000 or 249,000 or whatever it might be — we went from losing jobs to gaining jobs," Walker said.
Walker spoke to a conservative group in Seattle Thursday night with 300 protesters outside.
As the 2014 election gets closer, he can probably expect to answer that jobs question a few more times.
MERRILL - Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he didn't want to spend too much time at the Republican National Convention last week because he wanted to get back to campaigning in his home state.
The senator from Oshkosh stopped at the Lincoln County Fair on Saturday.
He faces a tight races against former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis).Â
Johnson gave a speech on Tuesday in Cleveland about national security, as he is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
He seems pleased with the Republican presidential ticket.
"I think it's really complimentary to the skills Donald Trump brings to the table," Johnson said. "You got Donald Trump with the private sector experience. You got Mike Pence with a real record accomplishment both in the House and as the governor of Indiana. I think it's a pretty good pairing."
He said he wouldn't pay too much attention to the speeches at the Democratic National Convention this week.
"They've got their ticket, we've got our ticket," Johnson said. "They'll make a bunch of promises they can't deliver on. And what we're going to focus on is economic growth, strengthen our economy so we can strengthen our military, so we can defeat ISIS and secure our borders."Â
SHAWANO COUNTY - UPDATE 5:13 p.m.--Police say six people, including children, were taken to area hospitals after two sport utility vehicles carrying Boy Scouts crashed in Shawano County.
The accident happened Saturday morning on Highway 29 near Bonduel.
Police say one of the SUVs was towing a trailer with equipment. The driver of that vehicle went off the roadway then overcorrected and lost control. The second SUV hit the first, and both went off the road. The trailer flipped and the second SUV landed partially on top of the first.
Bonduel police Chief Todd Chaney tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that one of the injured, a troop leader, was airlifted to St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay with a head injury.
Chaney said he didn't think any of the injuries were life threatening.
MADISON - State attorneys have asked a federal judge to stay a ruling allowing people to vote without photo identification in November's election pending an appeal.
In Milwaukee this week, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction allowing people who haven't been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn't get the identification.
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