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Barrett: Focus as governor to be jobs, smart spending (4:10 p.m. 2/23/10)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says his strategy as governor will center on two priorities: jobs and responsible spending.

The Democrat said he’s running for governor because it’s time Madison “had some adult supervision.”

Barrett’s comments came Tuesday at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce business day in Madison. One of his Republican rivals, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, is slated to speak later in the day.

Barrett said he’ll attract jobs the same way he persuaded Republic Airways to keep 800 jobs in Milwaukee County and bring hundreds more after it acquired Midwest Airlines. He said the key is to offer tax credits for job creation.

The mayor also said he’ll face budgetary decisions head-on, even if it means making tough and unpopular choices.

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