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Doyle sets his agenda for '06

Doyle sets his agenda for '06

As Gov. Jim Doyle enters his fourth year in office, he said he has one overarching goal for the state. "To see Wisconsin continue to grow and prosper," Doyle said. "Everything fits into that. We need to make sure that this is a state that has an economy and educational system that will allow (people) to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them." Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and his wife served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Tunisia in the 1960's.

Doyle sets his agenda for '06

Doyle sets his agenda for '06

Economy, education, health care make list

By Ben Jones
P-C Madison bureau chief

MADISON — As Gov. Jim Doyle enters his fourth year in office, he said he has one overarching goal for the state.

"To see Wisconsin continue to grow and prosper," Doyle said. "Everything fits into that. We need to make sure that this is a state that has an economy and educational system that will allow (people) to go as far as their talents and hard work will take them."

Doyle, a Democrat, will face a re-election bid in November. U.S. Rep. Mark Green, R-Hobart, and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, both Republicans, are challenging.

Doyle said how much of his agenda moves "is really up to the (Republican-controlled) Legislature to decide."

State Rep. Dean Kaufert, R-Neenah, said moving the state forward is a two-way street.

"He's got to work with us, we have to work with him if we are going to get anything done in an election year."

In an interview with The Post-Crescent late this past week, Doyle outlined five specific goals for Wisconsin in 2006.

# Work to continue the growth of the economy and create jobs.

Doyle said the state needs a "good, strong flexible system of worker training, so we can really make sure people are getting the job skills they need to get the jobs that are out there."

He urged the Legislature to pass a worker training bill that he says will help accomplish this goal.

# Continue to advance and strengthen education in Wisconsin.

Doyle said he will lay out initiatives to improve Wisconsin schools in 2006, including requiring three years of math and science for high school graduation.

"It's about making sure we increase standards for schools," Doyle said.

# Pass ethics reforms.

"I'm hoping and I'm confident that in the next few weeks we will have a good package of ethics reforms growing out of the (illegal campaigning) trials that have been taking place," Doyle said. "I want to have something put together that isn't just people pointing fingers, but we can actually get passed."

Doyle said he also supports a plan to merge the state Ethics and Elections boards.

# Improve access to health care.

"We've had a couple of big victories," said Doyle, who pointed to the state's SeniorCare prescription drug program as a success.

"There are other health-care initiatives that we will continue to build on," Doyle said. "I want to make sure Wisconsin is a leading state in making sure that children have health care."

# Continue to make government more efficient.

"Our initiative to reduce the size of state government and improve the efficiency of state government is, frankly, one of the major reasons we have been able to dig ourselves out of the major budget hole that we were in when I came into office," Doyle said.

Joe Heim, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, said governors in Doyle's position typically don't get a lot done during an election year.

"The Republicans control the Legislature and they are not likely to pass any of the initiatives the governor might have that would enhance his reelection chances," Heim said. "For both sides, their eyes are on the election."

Kaufert noted that legislators, too, face re-election. He said this actually may improve the chance of action happening in the Capitol.

"We don't want to go out without showing some progress on some of the same things the governor has brought up," Kaufert said.

Ben Jones can be reached at 608-255-9256, or by e-mail at

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