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UPDATE: Mary Burke unveils her jobs plan while ridiculing Gov. Walker's strategy

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Mary Burke says her top economic goal is for Wisconsin to consistently rank among the top ten states for job growth.

The Democratic candidate for governor released her plan for making that happen Tuesday, while also taking a few shots at Gov. Scott Walker's (R-Wisconsin) performance on jobs.

Burke unveiled the 40-page "Invest For Success" jobs plan in front of a large crowd that gathered at Marquette University Law School for On The Issues with Mike Gousha. 

Burke's plan provides five key strategies to achieve that goal, including:

- Increasing the number of college graduates by 670,000 over the next ten years.

- Organizing the state's economic development efforts around industry clusters - such as manufacturing or healthcare - rather than focusing on specific companies.

- growing the state's base of entrepreneurs

- increasing Wisconsin's global exports

- creating a better climate for business by cutting red tape and government waste

On that first strategy, Burke says industries can grow more effectively if they are better connected through clusters that are supported by state economists.

"It makes sense that the industries are going to be stronger and that you're able to target your efforts on ones that are going to be able to grow those industries that have potential or ones that make up a good share of your economy," said Burke.

While talking up her own plan, Burke also made a point of shooting down the Governor's approach to job growth.

"I brought my plan along and I brought Governor Walker's plan from 2010," Burke told the Marquette audience.  "This is four pages.  You know, I've seen 8th grade term papers that have more work put into them."

But Burke faced some tough questions about her goal to bring jobs back to Wisconsin from overseas.  Trek Bicycle - the company where Burke once served as an executive - has outsourced about 800 jobs to foreign countries.

"You know, I'm running for Governor. I'm not the CEO of Trek, but as I said, as Governor I want to talk to all Wisconsin companies and see if we can find possibilities where they can bring jobs back to Wisconsin," said Burke.

You can read Burke's entire jobs plan here.

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MADISON – "Invest for Success," that's what Democratic Candidate for Governor Mary Burke is calling her jobs plan.

The former Trek Bicycle Executive unveiled her plan Tuesday.  Burke's plan is based on her extensive background in the private sector, helping grow Trek into the global success it is today. 

Turning Wisconsin's economy around starts with creating more good paying jobs and making sure workers have the skills necessary.  Burke says when the middle class thrives, businesses grow, generating more job opportunities.  It's the American dream - everyone getting a fair shot.

Burke's "Invest for Success" is a three part plan which:
  • Analyzes Wisconsin's economy to lay out where we are today
  • Lays out the 5 Core Strategies Burke will pursue as Governor to create jobs, strengthen the middle class and grow new businesses
  • Identifies key metrics for objective, verifiable monitoring of the state's progress
Burke will be discussing "Invest for Success" and the strategies she'll pursue in a web video to be released later today.

WKOW's Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on the plan on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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  • Which part of Mary Burke's jobs plan do you think is most important?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Helping make student loans more manageable
    52%
    56 votes
    Pouring $80 million more into venture capital programs
    19%
    20 votes
    Fostering a number of clusters of companies working in niches
    29%
    31 votes
  • Read more about her jobs plan here
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