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Gov. Scott Walker's Thanksgiving Message

In his weekly radio address, governor thanks Wisconsin's volunteers, especially those who helped out victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Here is a transcript of Gov. Scott Walker's weekly radio address, which aired on Wednesday.

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

This year, Tonette and I are glad to have our oldest son, Matt, home to join with our other son, Alex, and our parents as we enjoy the blessings of our family on Thanksgiving Day. We are so very thankful for our family and friends.

It is also a time to again say thank you to the many people in our state who volunteer to help others in our schools, at senior and community centers, in places of worship and so many other locations across Wisconsin. And a special thanks to those who went east to help recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Finally, we say thank you to all of our men and women who proudly serve in the military. To them, their families and our veterans; we say a very special thank you!

From our family to yours, we hope you have a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving.

The state partners with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.

Dunncountydem December 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Our Governor's great use of non-profit and tax-payers money. Honestly, were is the outrage? http://m.jsonline.com/blogs/purple-wisconsin/172369071.html http://m.jsonline.com/147942785.htm Cross posted from jsonline...see reporter and source before arguing against... http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/01/05/veterans-funds-stolen-by-scott-walker-cronies-in-growing-scandal/ And this speaks to our Governor's open government promise and proper use of money: http://news.wpr.org/post/walker-defends-wedc-against-hud-letter
The Anti-Alinsky December 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Paul wrote: "You never answered the question. If Walker was so worried about saving the state money. Why did he pass a larger budget than the previous budgets? And where did that money go to? What did he do with all that money he took for the children's education?" Paul, yes I did answer your question. We had to pay back funds raided by Diamond Jim Doyle. Paul also wrote: "You can find that info on the states website to do comparisons. Also as you remember we did not have a real deficit issue when June 30th came in 2011." That is because Governor Walker and the Republican Legislature presented a balanced budget WITH NO STRUCTURAL DEFICIT. Paul also wrote: "But, we did have a larger deficit and growing according to that PDF letter from the DOA sent to the Feds. So as Walker continues to grow our deficit where is the savings?" You should have read that letter a little more carefully. The balanced budget that Governor Walker eventually signed had no STRUCTURAL deficit. You seem to be confusing debt with deficit, so let me explain briefly. A deficit is when you spend more money in a budget year than you bring in. Debt, is the accumulation of yearly deficits. As we have done for the past several years, Governor Walker had to ignore some Generally Accepted Accounting Prinicples (GAAP) in order to balance the budget. GAAP is a goal he is working for, but eliminating the 316 BILLION structural debt was a great start.
The Anti-Alinsky December 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Finally, Paul wrote: "You should post some real evidence like I did..." I wouldn't consider a website that has as it's tagline "Scott Walker Watch|Keeping an Eye on This Radical Extremist" as either unbiased or credible. Yes, it is a source, but not a reliable one.
Paul December 02, 2012 at 09:04 PM
If you look at the source part I was talking about it is the letter in PDF form from his DOA head. Also if you want to call deferring the loan payments balancing the budget then fine. But, I would not. Like I said by June 30th 2013 we will see what kind of fiscal mess will ae in. And who knows where he will be by then. Only time will tell. But, the investigation could very well be still going on.
The Anti-Alinsky December 03, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Again Paul, read the letter from Mike Huebsch to Kathleen Sebelius. The paragraph you keep wanting to claim as a smoking gun reads: "As indicated below, this letter is to certify that Wisconsin WOULD have a budget deficit, based on generally accepted accounting principles, during state fiscal years 2012 and 2013 IF the maintenance of effort requirements under section 1902 (gg) applied in Wisconsin with respect to nonpregnant, nondisabled adults eligible for Medicaid under the State Plan, AND whose income exceeds 133 percent ot the poverty line applicabe to a family of the size involved." (emphasis added) In other words, implementing B.O.Care would put an undue burden on Wisconsin this year and next year if we don't get the exception.

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