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Gubernatorial candidate makes stops in Superior

Gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann envisions a Wisconsin that is the envy of the nation when it comes to economic development and job creation. And, he plans to employ the skills and understanding gained from running his own businesses to creat...

Mark Neumann

Gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann envisions a Wisconsin that is the envy of the nation when it comes to economic development and job creation.

And, he plans to employ the skills and understanding gained from running his own businesses to create an environment that is conducive to both.

Neumann was in Superior today to share that message with local business leaders.

"You're a very important part of the state of Wisconsin, and during our campaign we've been working very hard to get to our Main Street businesses around the state," Neumann said during an interview this morning. "Superior matters."

Neumann said it was concern for what was happening in the state that prompted him to throw his hat back into the political arena. The born and breed Wisconsinite served as Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District representative from 1995 to 1999, terms highlighted by a balanced national budget.

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However, it is his experience in business he plans to draw from to solve the state's financial problems and rebuild the economy if elected. Neumann, a housing developer, said he's experienced first-hand the regulatory environment that can delay a project for years and the taxation that can impede business growth and job expansion.

Unlike some of his key competitors for the state's top-elected post - fellow Republican Scott Walker or Democrat Tom Barrett, both elected officials in Milwaukee County - Neumann said his background is primarily from working in the private sector.

Walker, who served in the state assembly, has been the elected county executive in Milwaukee County since 2002. Barrett served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2002. He was elected to serve as Milwaukee's mayor in 2004 and has served in that role since.

"If you look at Scott Walker and Tom Barrett, you see they have both spent the last 16 years in political office, representing the Milwaukee area," Neumann said. In contrast, Neumann has been working in the private sector since leaving congress, six companies his son has taken over, which is allowing him to run for office now.

"When people are going to put someone in the governor's office, like any other position, they should be looking at resumes and decide which one best meets the needs of their state at this time," Neumann said. "When you get to tour the state like we're doing, and you actually get to talk to the small business owners and their employees, you get a feeling how strong our state is ... and it's every corner of our state that matters."

In addition to meeting with business leaders at the Superior Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and touring Murphy Oil in Superior, Neumann planned stops in Ashland, Park Falls and Wausau today.

Among his priorities, if elected, Neumann said is streamlining operations to reduce state costs and delivering services in the state, getting rid of budget gimmicks that have been used to balance the budget and cutting taxes.

"I have a plan in place and it's very similar to what we did when I was in Washington," Neumann said. He said bringing taxes down, education and cutting red tap are among the key components necessary to take from among the worst places to do business to the best.

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"I envision the economy turned around," Neumann said. "I envision job opportunities for people. I see opportunities for promotion for the people that are working now. And with job creation, it would solve so many other problems in our state.

"When people are working, they're paying taxes so it solves the revenue problem ... When people are working, they don't need BadgerCare. I can see where job creation and sustaining jobs can solve so many problems, so I'm going to be very focused on job creation," Neumann said.

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