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Walker asks job creators for input (UPDATE)

By SCOTT BAUER
Associated Press

Gov. Scott Walker smiles at a Job Creation Forum on Oct. 4 at the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association office in Eau Claire. Walker met Monday at the University of Wisconsin Research Park with leaders from many industries, including construction. (AP Photo/Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Steve Kinderman)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he holds meetings across the state with business leaders and other job creators to get ideas from them about how to improve the economy.

Walker met Monday at the University of Wisconsin Research Park with leaders from the health care industry, real estate, agriculture, construction and other sectors.

Walker promised that in his first term the state would add 250,000 jobs. But the state’s economy has followed national trends and remained sluggish.

Walker’s critics including Democratic state Rep. Brett Hulsey of Madison said before the event that Walker’s budget cuts to the UW System and other initiatives have actually killed thousands of jobs.

Walker’s record on jobs will likely be at the center of the campaign to recall Walker from office.

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