Scott Walker Defends Wisconsin Subsidies to Kohl's

The credits arrived despite Walker's limited-government philosophy.

Kohl's Corp. signage is seen on the facade of a store in Concord, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Kohl's Corp. is expected to release earnings figures on Feb. 26.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker defended his administration's use of multi-million-dollar taxpayer subsidies to assist Kohl's department stores—a retailer he mentions in almost every speech as he prepares for a seemingly certain 2016 Republican presidential bid—saying in an interview with the Des Moines Register that his Democratic predecessor offered similar incentive packages for other companies.

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