One on one with Governor Scott Walker

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by Mike Strehlow

Maple Bluff--  For Governor Scott Walker, 2013 has been an eventful year to say the least.  A new book, new political aspirations, and some still simmering issues that are now likely to carry over to 2014.  During a sit down interview at the Governor's Mansion on Tuesday, the Republican Governor spoke with CBS 58 about a number of topics, including next year's re-election bid.

"Governor how come you won't commit to serving a full four-year term if re-elected?" asked CBS 58's Mike Strehlow.  Walker replied, "In our case, it's something that's consistent with what I've always done. I'm going to lay out what I'm going to do and not the length of time.  And of the two, people would rather have someone they can hire who tells them what they're going to do and not just how long they plan on serving."

Walker said he has no regrets about his pledge to create 250,000 news jobs by the end of next year. "I'm still committed to that by 2015.  We've now seen a shift of about 230-thousand.  We've gone from losing 133-thousand jobs to gaining about a hundred thousand."

People in Kenosha are awaiting the Governor's final decision on the Kenosha casino proposal.  Walker said the federal government took 9 years to issue a ruling.  He has a year-and-a-half to give thumbs up or down.  Strehlow asked "When can they expect an announcement?"  "About a little later in 2014.  We haven't set a specific deadline" Walker said.  

There is a deadline the governor said he will meet.  He said he will announce this Thursday whether he'll sign or veto a bill that would make it easier for Wisconsin schools to retain their race-based Native American names, mascots and logos.
 

Walker said his biggest accomplishment of 2013 was the state budget, and biggest disappointment is the impact Obamacare is having on job creation efforts in Wisconsin.  His personal New Year's resolution is to spend more time with his family.
 

"My ultimate resolution for the state would be for everyone who wanted to find a job, that we could find a way for them to find a place to work."
 

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