With the primary election behind them, Governor Scott Walker and Democratic nominee Tony Evers turn their attention to the November election where experts expect a contested race.
Governor Walker is seeking his third term while Evers hopes to bring his experience as an educator and state superintendent and education to foster growth for schools across the state.
Kicking off his campaign in La Crosse, Governor Walker wasted no time going on the offense attacking Evers changing words on the education budget.
"He called my budget a "pro-kid budget" when he wasn’t a candidate running for governor," Walker told a crowd of supporters. "He’s kind of changed his tune now. I guess that’s what happens when someone becomes a politician. They say one thing one time and it’s something different another, but he called it a pro kid budget and it is."
In 2017, Evers called the budget a "pro-kid budget", but also said with revenue limits remaining flat it didn’t benefit spending for school districts. However in 2012, Walker cut $782 million from public schools a point Evers used in his winning speech Tuesday night.
"I’ve seen on the faces of our kids, what the devastation of Scott Walker’s cuts to public education has done," Evers said.
Walker told a crowd at L.B. White in Onalaska the four points he will focus on in the next term if elected. He plans to push for a new tax credit to help graduates with student loan debt, a tax credit for seniors to help them stay in their home longer and a tax credit for families to help affording childcare.
he feels these will help increase the workforce.
"That’s why, not only do we have this positive plan today for the next four years it our action plan if you will, but it’s a stark contrast between the candidates. Tony Evers embraces policies that got this state into trouble in the past. That would be a giant step backwards. We’ve got a plan to keep moving the state forward," Walker added.
Evers focused his attention on schools and funding.
He wants to increase special education funding and increase apprenticeships available. He also says the state needs to fight harder against the tariffs proposed by President Trump. Evers says with the dairy industry being affected, towns like Plymouth who produce a lot of cheese are being hit hard.
"Instead of doing the right thing for Wisconsin, Scott Walker has decided to bury his head in the sand. He left Plymouth behind and he’s turned his back on Wisconsin for his own political gain," Evers said.
the two will face off in the general election on November 6.