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Those looking for work react to State of the State


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 WAUSAU (WAOW) -- In his first State of the State address, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker reiterated his new motto, Wisconsin is open for business. But for those looking for work, actions speak louder than words.


Jimmy Garcia has been out of work since he moved to Wausau last October. He says with a wife and small child, being unemployed just isn't an option.


"I build houses, that's my dream," Garcia said. "That's something I've done all my life. But with the way the economy is, it's real difficult."


This job-seeker isn't alone. More than 400,000 people in Wisconsin are out of work. Many are now looking to the new governor for guidance.



In Tuesday night's State of the State address, Walker didn't give any specifics on job creation, he just reiterated his plan to develop strategies for creating a quarter of a million new jobs by 2015.



Jimmy Garcia says he just wants a plan. He says his hope is simple.


"Open up a factory," he suggested. "Give individuals like me the opportunity to make the economy a little better."

State and local leaders say they'll know more about the governor's plans to tackle the $3 billion budget shortfall when Walker unveils his 2 year budget plan later this month.

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