RHINELANDER - Gov. Walker focused on a property/income tax cut and job training proposal while talking a small group of factory workers at Northstar Steel Fabricators in Rhinelander Friday.
But many people around the state want to hear more from Walker's time as Milwaukee County Executive.
Emails from a former Walker aide during his time with Milwaukee County were released earlier this month. They were part of an investigation into possible campaigning violations by some of Walker's staff.
Six of Walker's now former aides were convicted for campaigning on the county's time. Kelly Rindfleisch was deputy chief of staff in Milwaukee County and was convicted. Walker was never charged in the investigation.
In January, Walker told American Thinker, an online publication, that, "Governors should be defined not just by what they do and say, but who they surround themselves with."
The convicted aides, including Kelly Rindfleisch, don't work with Walker any more, but some of them played a significant role in his campaign.
Regardless, Walker didn't see their association during his time as County Executive as people he surrounded himself with.
"I think out of 79,00, a handful of people who no longer work with me, who are out of the way of the state government right now," Walker said. "Instead, the people I've got surrounding me are helping us."
Walker instead focused on his current staff and what he is trying to do with the state.
"I think most people look at the totality of my time as governor," Walker said. "They look at the team that I've comprised and the cabinet that we have here and they see results."
Walker is touring the state pushing a tax and job training proposal, which is the result of $911 million surplus.
"(The) plan puts more money back into the hands of hard-working taxpayers and invests in worker training, so that companies like Northstar Steel can continue to create jobs," Governor Walker said.
The plan would cut property taxes by $406 million and cut income taxes by $98.6 million. The income taxes focus on the lowest income tax bracket.
It would also adjust withholding of state income taxes by $322.6 million. That would let people get money back immediately from the cuts via their paycheck.
The proposal also focuses $35 million for technical colleges to eliminate waiting lists for high demand fields including manufacturing, agriculture, and Information Technology.
It would also include support for people with disabilities entering the workforce as well as high schoolers training for high demand manufacturing jobs.
"We wanted to highlight manufacturing," Walker said. "Manufacturing has been a key driver not just in our states history, but really even this last year."
TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks. "We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane. At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.
"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen. However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people. "It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson.
On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee. "It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.
RHINELANDER - Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
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