Walker launches re-election campaign with rally in Green Bay

Republican Governor Scott Walker speaks during a re-election campaign rally at ACE Marine in Green Bay, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY - It was a busy day for Republican Governor Scott Walker as he laid the framework for his re-election campaign. He held a series of rallies around the state, including one Tuesday afternoon at ACE Marine in Green Bay.

The governor said he's looking to build off the progress over the past three years. Walker says that progress includes more jobs and lower taxes.

He touted nearly $2 billion in tax cuts he's signed into law that have passed the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Walker also talked about the creation of more than 100,000 private sector jobs, and training workers to fill open positions.

"I’ve spent a lot of time at NWTC and other technical colleges across the state, in fact, in the past year alone we put $100 million into the kind of education that's required to give people the skills they need to fill the positions that are such a vital need in this state,” said Walker.

Throughout his stops, Walker made no mention of a possible run for president in 2016. He also didn't mention his probable Democratic opponent in this year's race, Mary Burke.

Burke was also meeting with potential voters Tuesday. She stopped at a paper manufacturing plant in Rothschild.

Burke said that while Walker is basing his campaign on tax cuts, his plan for corporate taxes isn't working to create jobs.

"In terms of new businesses we are near the bottom. Walker's game plan is failing to give out of state corporations tax breaks and tax breaks to those at the top, and think that somehow that trickles down and creates jobs just isn’t true,” said Burke.

Burke points out that Wisconsin is 35th nationally in job creation.

Burke says she gained experience creating jobs as an executive at Trek, which is a company founded by her father.