May 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
Before I took office, Wisconsin was in the midst of a fiscal and economic crisis. In the three years leading up to the 2010 election, Wisconsin lost more than 150,000 jobs under the failed policies of former Gov. Doyle and a Democrat-led Legislature. We had a chronic, multibillion-dollar structural deficit, and the hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin were saddled with one of the highest tax burdens in the nation.