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Moments after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for President on Tuesday, Donald Trump criticized him for refusing to raise taxes in Wisconsin.
Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, insisted in a radio interview with Illinois-based Michael Koolidge that Walker's spending cuts and preservation of low taxes were bad for Wisconsin.
The Guardian caught the exchange:
“There’s a $2.2 billion deficit and the schools were going begging and everything was going begging because he didn’t want to raise taxes ’cause he was going to run for president. So instead of raising taxes, he cut back on schools, he cut back on highways, he cut back on a lot of things.”
Trump added that “Wisconsin has a lot of problems, plus there is tremendous hatred” before saying the state is not “running smoothly.”
Despite Trump's admonishing of Walker's policies, many of which are in line with the Republican Party's official platform, the state is in fairly decent shape.
As of May 2015, Wisconsin's unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.8 percent, according to the state's economic outlook report. In addition, the outlook also projects continued increases in personal income levels across the state.
According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, Cruz has taken a slim lead from Trump in Wisconsin.