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Lawmakers speak out on recent jobs session

WAUSAU(WAOW)--Lawmakers are speaking out about the special session at the State Capitol focused on creating jobs.

It was a late night at the State Assembly. Lawmakers stayed until 7 a.m. wrapping up a special session on jobs.
Governor Scott Walker says it was productive.

"We tried to do things that provide more certainty when it came to regulation and litigation cost," said Walker.  "Certainly more access when it comes to access to capital and greater ability for businesses, particularly manufacturers to tap skilled workers."

But some lawmakers say the session was a joke, that it was focused on anything but jobs.

Democratic Representative Donna Siedel: "In this special session on jobs, we have done more work on guns and paid more attention to extreme social agendas then why we were actually called back into session, which is to create jobs and expand the economy."  

Walker disagrees. He says other issues were brought up by lawmakers themselves.

Republican Representative Jerry Petrowski says a lot of good came from the session.

"We want to develop an atmosphere where businesses can prosper," says Petrowski. "They can expand, they can grow, they can hire more people. That will benefit everyone here in Central Wisconsin."

Governor Walkers says after the last special session nearly 40,000 jobs were created in six months.
As for this session? Only time will tell.

Online reporter: Nate Barrett

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