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Gov. Scott Walker touts economy, but shies from numbers goal

Gov. Scott Walker
Gov. Scott Walker

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker told Wisconsin county leaders Tuesday that he's optimistic about the economy. 

He did not, however, mention his 2010 campaign promise to create a quarter-million private sector jobs in his current four-year term. 

The Republican Walker told the Wisconsin Counties' Association's annual meeting that economic success is not about reaching a number. He did mention that 134,000 jobs were lost in Wisconsin when Democrat Jim Doyle was the governor during the Great Recession. 

Recent federal figures show that Wisconsin had created about a-third of the 250,000 jobs in the Walker promise, more than halfway into his term.

Walker also told the counties' group that he'll soon hold a meeting in the Hudson area to tell companies from neighboring Minnesota what the Badger State has to offer.

He cited a similar meeting near the Illinois border which brought several firms to Wisconsin -- including the U-line shipping products company. 

Walker also promised he would disclose details this week on his latest economic proposals he wants the Legislature to consider in October.

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