Making Wisconsin a Great Place to Live and Work
Investing in Wisconsin Workers Today and the Workforce of Tomorrow
Improving Education Outcomes to Prepare our Children for Success
Reducing Waste, Improving Services, and Making Government More Efficient
Protecting and Investing in Wisconsin's Transportation Infrastructure
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Oshkosh – Governor Walker today attended EAA AirVenture event in Oshkosh. Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” it attracts fans of all things aviation from around the globe. This year’s event takes place July 28-August 3.
“EAA AirVenture is a premiere aviation event,” Governor Walker said. “More than 500,000 aviation enthusiasts are drawn to this event every year, making it unique and unparalleled in size and scope. Aviation plays a pivotal role in Wisconsin’s economy with the total economic impact of the aviation industry reaching $7 billion and providing approximately 90,000 jobs throughout the state. This week-long event alone boosts the local and state economy by approximately $110 million.”
Press Release | July 29, 2014Read More
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced Wisconsin retains its title as the number one cranberry producer in the country. In a production report released this week by the USDA, Wisconsin cranberry growers set another record by harvesting 6.02 million barrels of cranberries in 2013. That’s a 25 percent increase over the 4.83 million barrels produced in 2012. Wisconsin produced 67 percent of the nation’s cranberry supply last year, more than tripling the next highest producing state, Massachusetts.
“I drink cranberry juice every day, because of the exceptional health benefits, great taste, and of course, to support our title as the top cranberry producer in the nation,” Governor Walker said. “I commend all of our farmers for their efforts, hard work, and determination, particularly those who have faced extreme weather conditions these past few years.”
Press Release | July 24, 2014Read More
Madison – Governor Scott Walker has requested a federal disaster declaration for local government costs associated with the record severe winter weather of 2013-14. The counties in the declaration request are Chippewa, Clark, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Marathon, Milwaukee, Winnebago, and Wood. This declaration would help pay for $11.3 million in damage to public infrastructure in those counties. Examples of damage include broken water mains and frozen water towers due to the extreme cold and record setting frost depths.
“The devastating cold overwhelmed many of our towns, villages, cities, and counties,” Governor Walker said. “This declaration would help many municipalities pay for these unexpected damages.”
Press Release | July 23, 2014Read More
Governor Scott Walker Joins Nation’s Governors in Calling on President Barack Obama to Address Unaccompanied Minors Journeying Across the United States Border
Madison – Following a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting, Governor Scott Walker lead a letter with five other governors, including Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert, to President Barack Obama urging him to quickly address the growing number of unaccompanied minors traveling into the United States.
Press Release | July 22, 2014Read More
ICYMI: Wisconsin State Journal: State CEOs more apt to hire, more optimistic about growth in second half of year
Madison – A Wisconsin State Journal story published online on July 20, 2014, is titled, “State CEOs more apt to hire, more optimistic about growth in second half of year.” The story offers a summary of the latest survey of employers by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC):
Wisconsin business leaders were a bit more willing to hire in the second half of this year, as fewer reported trouble finding skilled employees and more predicted moderate growth in Wisconsin’s economy over the next six months, according to new survey results from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce…
…In addition, 96 percent of CEOs said the state was headed in the right direction, and 90 percent said state government was at least somewhat pro-business. That was one percentage point higher than how CEOs responded to each question in January.
Press Release | July 21, 2014Read More
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