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Scott Walker wants to make it easier for the unemployed to get jobs

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker provided some important clues earlier this week on how he would approach a campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Speaking during his annual State of the State address to the Wisconsin legislature, Walker proposed $800 million in tax cuts he said were made possible by the $912 million state surplus that has resulted from policies he put in place following his election in 2010.

The cuts include reductions in property taxes, as well as cuts in the state's payroll tax and the tax rates for lower income brackets.

Elections have consequences

If all his proposals are enacted, property taxes on a typical home "will actually be lower in December 2014 than they were in December of 2010. What a difference a few years make."

"What do you do with a surplus? Give it back to the people who earned it. It's your money," Walker said of his proposals.

On entitlement reform

In contrast to President Obama and congressional Democrats who demand near-permanent unemployment benefits that discourage people from looking for new jobs, Walker is taking the opposite approach:

"Our reforms are based on common sense. We ask those receiving unemployment checks to seek work four or more times a week instead of two.

"We ask adults without children seeking food stamps to enroll in employment training. We're not making it harder to get government assistance; we're making it easier to get a job."

Bad old days are gone

Looking back on his state's sad state of affairs when he took office, Walker reminded Wisconsinites that things were going downhill fast prior to his election:

"Thankfully, the days of double-digit tax increases, billion-dollar deficits, and major job loss are gone. We replaced them with massive tax cuts, growing budget surpluses, and significant job growth. Wisconsin is going back to work. ...

"Every time we help someone find a job, it makes for a stronger home, a stronger community, and a stronger state."

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