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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Walker tells Florida audience he'd scale back EPA

Gov. Scott Walker told a Florida crowd Tuesday the U.S. EPA's responsibilities should largely be sent to the states, leaving the federal agency with limited powers.

Taking questions from the audience at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit, Walker said everyone wants clean air and water. He argued then it made sense to have those enforcement powers in "the hands of people you can actually work with and actually talk to at the state level."

The EPA's role would be limited to, for example, mediating disputes over compacts affecting bodies of water that touch multiple states.

"The quicker you get it back from the federal government to the states and the local governments, the better," Walker said.

Wearing a suit coat over a blue shirt and red tie, Walker delivered his standard stump speech before taking several questions from the audience. He touted Wisconsin's dropping unemployment rate, his fight against public employee unions and efforts to expand school choice.

Walker said he hoped Wisconsin lawmakers would finish their work on his budget this month "and not too long after that make an announcement as to what our intentions are."

One audience member asked Walker how the GOP could expand its tent. The guv answered that Republicans "need to go places" they typically don't and touted his performance with 18-to-24-year-olds in last fall's election as an example of a success in that regard.

Walker said one exit poll had him winning the age group, which he called "largely unheard of for a Republican," and said he went to college campuses to organize and reached out to young professionals.

He then turned that into a contrast with Hillary Clinton, saying her "Washington knows best" approach to the economy is tired and failed, while Republicans can pitch that so long as people don't violate the health and safety of their neighbors, "do your own thing."

"The other side wants to keep you under their thumb," he said. "We want to lift you up."

Watch the video:
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4539767/scott-walker-economic-growth-summit

After the speech, Walker clarified comments he made last week on the Florida primary, saying he plans to compete in the Sunshine State.

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