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  • Economic Impact of Wisconsin Agriculture Jumps from $59 Billion to $88 Billion

    Madison – Today, the UW-Extension released its report on the Economic Impact of Wisconsin Agriculture, based on the 2012 USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) Agriculture Census.  According to the report, agriculture has a $88.3 billion impact on the state’s economy, up from $59 billion, an increase of 49.3 percent.

    “These economic impact numbers confirm what we’ve known all along - Wisconsin’s economy is growing and heading in the right direction, and our agriculture industry plays a major role in that development,” Governor Walker said.  “The fact that agriculture nearly doubled its impact on the state’s economy is not only a tribute to the hard working farmers who produce a quality product, but to the broad span of businesses owners and employees who process, package and market those products here at home and abroad.  Opportunities for continued growth in the future are endless when we create the right business environment that allows agriculture and other sectors to flourish.  To maintain our presence as an international leader in agriculture development and innovation, we will continue our work to fuel the industry, as we have done by putting in place the agriculture tax credit, so that our farmers and processors can continue to grow, develop, and produce some of the greatest products in the world.”

    Press Release | September 19, 2014

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  • Governor’s Office Accepts Artist Applications for Wisconsin’s 2014 National Christmas Tree Ornament

    Madison—Today, Governor Scott Walker started accepting applications for artists to plan the décor for Wisconsin’s 2014 National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.  Each year, a professional artist is selected to work with a youth arts class/program to create ornaments, which will be displayed on Wisconsin’s National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.

    “This year, we’re inviting artists and youth groups to submit applications and designs promoting our great state,” Governor Walker said.  “I’m excited to see great representations of Wisconsin again on our National Christmas Tree.”  

    Press Release | September 18, 2014

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  • ICYMI: Unemployment Reforms, Economic Recovery Translate to Real Savings for Wisconsin Small Business

    Madison – Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development this week announced a return to a positive balance of the Trust Fund will result in a decreased rate for employers.  A typical small business with 40 employees who earn $7,000 or more will save more than $2,500 in taxes for 2014. This will result in a decrease in UI taxes by an estimated $143 million for employers.

    Press Release | September 18, 2014

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  • A Better Bottom Line: Governor Scott Walker Honors Participants at Best Buddies 25th Anniversary Leadership Breakfast

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker today attended the 8th Annual Leadership Breakfast of Best Buddies Wisconsin, which is celebrated in concurrence with the 25th Anniversary of Best Buddies International.  Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with disabilities. 

    “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to attend this inspiring event this year,” Governor Walker said.  “Best Buddies has an impact on more than 16,000 students and family members in Wisconsin every year.  In addition to formal programs offered by Best Buddies, they also put on events such as this Leadership Breakfast, as well as Best Buddies Friendship Walks.  These programs and events help to transform lives, and those who participate or volunteer value inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.”

    Press Release | September 18, 2014

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  • Governor Scott Walker Attends Schreiber Foods Ribbon Cutting

    Green Bay – Today, Governor Walker stopped by Schreiber Foods to join employees and local leaders in a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new 260,000-square-feet corporate headquarters and technology center in Green Bay.  Schreiber Foods plans to create 160 new jobs with the opening of this new facility.

    “Today is another testament to the fact that Wisconsin is open for business and businesses are growing and thriving,” said Governor Walker.  “I’m excited that Schreiber Foods chose to stay and expand in Green Bay.”

    Press Release | September 15, 2014

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