With the opening of the 101st session of the Wisconsin Legislature, Gov. Scott Walker, R, issued a statement. He said:
"I look forward to working with all four legislative caucuses to help improve our state for the next generation.
"Congratulations are in order for incoming Speaker Robin Vos, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson. Your leadership position comes with the responsibility to leave any lingering disagreements in the past and look for innovative ways to move Wisconsin forward.
"Working together with both Republicans and Democrats, we will focus on policies that help the private sector create jobs, transform education, reform government, develop our workforce, and improve our infrastructure."
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele also released a statement, “Congratulations to the members of the state Senate and Assembly on both sides of the aisle. I look forward to working with you on important issues facing Milwaukee County and the state. A special congratulations to the Milwaukee area legislators as they kick off this important session."
Another statement came from the activist group One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross, who said after two years of partisan political strife and stagnant economy, Walker's pledge this week didn't mean much.
“Two years ago we got the same song and dance from Gov. Walker and the Republican legislative majorities, but they put raw politics and power grabs before all else at very step of the way," Ross said. "Their actions offer precious little reason to believe them this time.”
WiG wonders: What are your expectations for the session and Walker this year?