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Gov. Walker Plans to Deliver State of the State Jan. 15thSubmitted: 01/08/2013
Story By The Associated Press

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker will be delivering his annual State of the State address to a joint meeting of the Legislature on Jan. 15.

Walker notified legislative leaders on Monday.

Walker plans to deliver the speech at 7 p.m.

Walker will be speaking to a Legislature controlled by Republicans, just as it was each of the past two years.

Walker is expected to use the speech to outline some of his priorities for the second half of his term. More details are to come in his state budget, which he will release in February.



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