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UPDATE: Gov. Walker says poll numbers not a concern, emphasizes jobs initiatives

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) spoke to the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin Wednesday morning with the knowledge that a new poll has him leading four potential Democratic opponents for 2014, including Madison millionaire Mary Burke.

"Public Policy Polling is traditionally a Democrat leaning firm so, the fact that even in their polling we're ahead of all the potential candidates I suppose is a good sign," Gov. Walker told 27 News after his speech.

But the Governor's approval rating is under 50 percent and he knows more work needs to be done to secure a victory.

"Really for us, its not about where we've been but where we're headed.  We'd like to see accelerated growth here, we're doing all that we can," said Gov. Walker.

Where the state has been under Walker is in the bottom half of the 50 states in terms of employment.  In the last full set of quarterly jobs numbers for all of 2012, Wisconsin jumped up to 33rd for private sector growth.  But new rankings from March of 2012 to March of 2013 come out next week and early indications are that Wisconsin may drop back into the high 30s or 40s.

"What we're trying to look at is not six months ago where we're at, but where we're gonna be in the next six months," said Gov. Walker.

That's why the Governor is trying to get ahead of the curve by announcing a new package of jobs legislation sometime in the next week.  It will include a plan Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) laid out at the National Governor's Association Conference in Milwaukee.

"One of the things I'm interested in is more things we can do to help people, who are able, who have disabilities to gain employment," said Gov. Walker.

Along with helping the disabled find employment, the Governor also indicates the jobs legislation will also include more the state can do with its technical colleges and workforce investment boards.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker says new poll numbers which show him leading potential Democratic candidates in the 2014 race for Governor are good, because it was conducted by a left-leaning polling group.

Public Policy Polling released a poll on Tuesday showing the Governor is leading head-to-head matchups against potential Democratic candidates Peter Barca, Mary Burke, Kathleen Vinehout and Tom Nelson, but only by single digits.   About 10 percent of those polled say they are still undecided.

Gov. Walker tells 27 News the only real poll that matters will be on election day in 2014 and that he is focused on continuing the state's job growth.  He says within the next week he will be releasing plans for new legislation that will help the state's employment numbers.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on the Gov. Walker's comments on 27 News at 5 and 6.

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