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It’s Quinn vs. Wis. Governor-Elect In Cross-Border Business Poaching

A war of words is heating up between Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn over job creation.
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Pat Quinn (Left, Frank Polich/Getty Images), Scott Walker (AP Photo)

Pat Quinn (Left, Frank Polich/Getty Images), Scott Walker (AP Photo)

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War of words between Walker in Wis., Quinn in Ill.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A war of words is heating up between Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn over job creation.

The Republican Walker said Thursday he plans to persuade Illinois companies to come to Wisconsin. He says he’ll emphasize that Quinn has proposed massive tax increases.

Walker’s comments come one day after the Democratic Quinn encouraged train maker Talgo Inc. to move south from Milwaukee. Talgo had said it would move from that facility if Wisconsin follows through on its promise to abandon high-speed rail.

Quinn spokeswoman Ashley Cross criticized Walker’s characterization of massive tax increases.

She says even with Quinn’s proposal of a 1 percent tax for education, Illinois’ individual income tax rate would be 4 percent. Wisconsin’s ranges from 4.6 percent to 7.75 percent.

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