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Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke releasing jobs plan Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker's main election opponent is unveiling a comprehensive plan Tuesday to create jobs, encourage entrepreneurs, and boost higher education.

Democrat Mary Burke will go into detail Tuesday afternoon, in a forum at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

The former Trek Bicycle executive says Wisconsin has everything it takes to have one of the strongest economies anywhere, but it's not even close. Burke said Wisconsin ranks 48th in new business start-ups, creating jobs at a pace that's half the national average.

She said the state should invest its resources in entire industries -- not individual companies. Burke said it would highlight the common interests of each industry, and provide more benefits.  

She also supports lower college tuition, and more capital to help new businesses get off the ground. Burke's plan avoids the major pitfall facing Walker's campaign, by not promising a certain number of new jobs.

Walker made his pledge for a quarter-million new jobs the hallmark of his campaign in 2010 -- and with only a year left in his current term, only 41 percent of those jobs are on the books.

Burke said she has better benchmarks for Wisconsin -- like how it matches up with other states in job growth, the numbers of college graduates, and how grads many stay in Wisconsin to work.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)