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Gov. Walker hitting campaign tour this week amid Presidential run talk

NEW YORK (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker won’t be around to lobby lawmakers Tuesday, as they act on some of his biggest state budget proposals.

The Republican Walker spoke in Hartford Connecticut Monday night at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner.

Tuesday night, he’s in New York City for a state GOP fundraiser there.

On Thursday, Walker speaks to the county Republicans in Des Moines Iowa at an event that has hosted previous GOP presidential hopefuls including Mitt Romney.

Walker is speculated by many as a possible White House hopeful for 2016. The governor’s office says Walker has stayed focused on his duties as Wisconsin’s chief executive – and he has appearances planned within the Badger State Wednesday through Friday.

Meanwhile, the Joint Finance Committee will consider some of Walker’s major budget proposals without him Tuesday. And a Republican co-chair has already talked about scaling back Walker’s proposed authority to sell off state buildings to pay down the government’s debt.

Scot Ross, who heads the liberal One Wisconsin Now group, says Walker is not doing his job in Wisconsin while the state lags near the bottom in creating new jobs.