Walker shakes protesters, says Wisconsin is headed in right direction

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MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker said he has kept his promises and is moving the state in a positive direction during his second "state of the state" address Wednesday.

Walker, who is facing recall, focused on the successes during his first year, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The governor mentioned how he balanced the state's $3 million budget deficit while lowering property taxes and adding over 13,000 private-sector jobs.

"Our unemployment rate is down from a year ago. In fact, it's the lowest it's been since 2008," Walker said. "We are turning things around. We are heading in the right direction."

But Walker's figures are incorrect according to Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, who said that the state has lost jobs for six consecutive months.

"What we heard tonight is that the state of our state is divided and broken," Barca said.

As reported in a La Crosse Tribune article, Walker promised in his campaign to create 250,000 private-sector jobs in his four-year term. He failed to mention that pledge Wednesday.

Preliminary state figures show that only 2,500 jobs were created in the past year.

"It is unacceptable that the governor suggests he has kept his promises, while the facts prove otherwise," Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said. "He is living in a state of denial."

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