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Entrepreneur, business lobbyist break down Burke jobs plan on Capitol City Sunday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The five point jobs plan Mary Burke laid out earlier this week revolves a lot around spurring growth through entrepreneurship and bringing job creators together through industry clusters.

Jon Eckhardt with the UW Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship says that type of collaboration can help start-up businesses.

"What these seasoned entrepreneurs know can be taught, or some of it can be taught to younger generations that better prepare them for engaging in acts of entrepreneurship and also then make them better investment candidates for people who hold capital either inside or outside the state," said Eckhardt.

Eckhardt says Burke's plan to increase state funding for venture capital from $25 to $120 million could also help.  But Scott Manley, Vice-President of Government Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, says those are the wrong things to be focusing on.

"Very, very consistently we find the number one thing that policy makers can do to help our business climate and help grow jobs - cutting taxes is always the number one response," said Manley.

Eckhardt and Manley are both guests on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.  They also talk about what Governor Walker has done to help the state's job market and agree its too early to say his tax cuts won't eventually lead to higher growth.

"I certainly agree that its a slow ship to turn and I wouldn't expect that even a fundamental change in tax structure would have an immediate impact on the kind of variables that you're talking about," said Eckhardt.

Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin is also on the show to discuss the results from the poll released on Wednesday. 

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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