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Madison — Lt. Governor-elect Rebecca Kleefisch said Tuesday that "jobs are job one in the Walker/Kleefisch Administration." Governor-elect Scott Walker will propose a series of pro-growth bills on Inauguration Day, January 3.

"We are going to hit the ground running," said Kleefisch who will be touring western Wisconsin on Tuesday. Governor-elect Walker will propose an aggressive agenda for the special session.

"We need to hang large signs at the borders of our state that say 'Wisconsin is Open for Business'," Kleefisch said. "The days of higher taxes, higher spending, and senseless regulations are over."

On January 3, Walker and Kleefisch will be sworn in and call an emergency special session of the Legislature to pass legislation needed to improve Wisconsin's business climate.

"We need to cut taxes to encourage businesses to expand," Kleefisch said.
"Business tax cuts will be part of the package of reforms Walker will introduce in the special session.  Specific bills are being drafted and the details will be unveiled in the coming weeks."

Other special session proposals will likely include converting the Department of Commerce into a business recruitment and retention agency and additional reforms aimed at improving the state's economy.

"We need to send a signal to residents and employers that Wisconsin is open for business," Kleefisch said.  "We want business owners to invest here, grow here, hire here, and stay here for our families.  Governor-elect Walker is committed to helping these Wisconsin families find and retain jobs by promoting and supporting private industry."

Also, the Walker transition team is developing a state budget proposal that tackles a nearly $3 billion budget deficit.  "We can balance the books without raising taxes by cutting wasteful spending and holding the line on new programs," Kleefisch said.