CHICAGO — With the prospect of a recall election ahead of him, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sought to highlight the state’s improved fiscal condition after a tumultuous first year in office.

“When I spoke here last January, Wisconsin faced a $3.6 billion deficit,” Walker said in his address. “We balanced the state budget. We balanced it without raising taxes, without massive layoffs, and without budget tricks. We balanced … the budget deficit with long-term, structural reforms.”

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