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Reform and speed up permitting process for businesses

Will "reform the permitting process to require state agencies to review permit applications within 60 days of receipt. If the application is not approved or denied by the agency within 180 days of receipt, the application will be presumed approved."


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Have lieutenant governor lead statewide "small business roundtables"


"To ensure that the state and Wisconsin businesses have an open and ongoing dialog on the state of the economy, I will empower my Lieutenant Governor to head regular small business roundtables in all corners of the state."


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Call special legislative session on jobs


Will, with first official act as governor, minutes after taking the oath of office, "declare an economic emergency and call a special session of the legislature on cutting taxes for small businesses, curbing frivolous lawsuits, eliminating state tax on Health Savings Accounts and reorganizing the Department of Commerce."

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Create and convene "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" Commission


"As part of my Emergency Jobs Plan, I will issue an executive order on my first day in office, creating this commission, directing it to meet within one week, and giving it the authority to access the books of all state agencies and go through them line-by-line. I will appoint a tough, private-sector chairman who will bring common sense to government spending and ensure that taxpayer money is being spent efficiently and effectively."


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Eliminate state tax on Health Savings Accounts


Will "call on the legislature to eliminate the tax on Health Savings Accounts, taking effect immediately." This would be part of the special "economic emergency" session of the Legislature.

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Replace Department of Commerce with development-focused agency

"Working with the legislature and through executive order, I will replace ( Department of Commerce) with a true economic development agency. I will hire an experienced economic development professional as Executive Director. All regulatory functions will be transferred to other agencies. Existing economic development functions of state agencies, like the Department of Workforce Development, and state affiliated entities, like the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, will be consolidated within the new agency."


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Implement simplified and understandable DNR regulations

Will "allow increased access to state lands for forest management and all of Wisconsin’s citizens. Implement simplified and understandable regulations."


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Appoint "Whitetail Deer trustee" to review deer counting system

Will "appoint a Whitetail Deer Trustee, an outside independent expert to revise our deer counting system."


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Change to hunter-friendly chronic wasting disease strategy

Will push "policymakers in Madison (to) recognize that our Chronic Wasting Disease efforts aren’t working and shift to a strategy that makes sense for our hunters."


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Improve deer hunt rules; return to 'traditional' hunts


Will return state "to traditional hunts – enough with T-Zones and Earn-a-Buck (programs related to herd management) – making Wisconsin the best place in the nation to hunt white tailed deer again."

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Create new panel to provide advice on hunting and environmental matters

Will "create Governor Advisory Groups consisting of everyday sportsmen, conservationists, business owners and rank-and-file DNR employees to advise me on new and existing regulations and practices."


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Adopt strong "Castle Doctrine" law


Will adopt a strong "Castle Doctrine" law. "Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support citizens’ rights to protect themselves in their own homes and anywhere they have a legal right to be, by adopting a strong Castle Doctrine law"


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Lower taxes on business investment capital for new firms and expansions


Will lower taxes on business investment capital for new firms and expansions. "We must lower the tax burden for all individuals and job creators. Specifically, we can lower the tax on early stage and investment capital to make it more accessible to Wisconsin employers that want to stay in Wisconsin and expand while also luring start-ups to our state."


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Lower the income tax


Will lower the income tax. "I want to lower the tax on employers, lower the tax on income, freeze property taxes and phase out retirement income taxes. States that have a lower tax burden have more jobs and better budgets, and its time Wisconsin was a better state to do business.”


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Reduce taxes on employers


 "I want to lower the tax on employers, lower the tax on income, freeze property taxes and phase out retirement income taxes. States that have a lower tax burden have more jobs and better budgets, and its time Wisconsin was a better state to do business.”


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Cut manufacturing taxes


In a conference call Monday (Nov. 2, 2009) with reporters, Walker said his first budget would undo tax increases approved this year by the Legislature and implement cuts in manufacturing taxes, estate taxes and retirement taxes.

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Freeze property taxes


“I want to lower the tax on employers, lower the tax on income, freeze property taxes and phase out retirement income taxes. States that have a lower tax burden have more jobs and better budgets, and its time Wisconsin was a better state to do business.”

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Require cabinet to hold "brown bag lunches" with employees to find waste, fraud and abuse


Will require cabinet to hold "brown bag lunches" with employees to identify waste, fraud and abuse. “As part of my Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to find $300 million of savings for the taxpayers, I will issue an executive order requiring my cabinet secretaries to hold regular brown bag lunches with frontline workers to help identify cost savings and more efficient ways of providing services.”


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Review all tax policy to lighten burden on farmers

Will "conduct a comprehensive review of all tax policy that impacts farmers, eliminate tax barriers to production, and rein in government spending so that farmers can invest in their operations instead of sending more money to the state treasury."


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Oppose efforts to weaken "Use Value" law as it relates to farms

Will "oppose any efforts to weaken Wisconsin’s 'Use Value' law that has kept property taxes on farms in check and helped family farms stay in business."


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