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  • Governor Scott Walker Requests FEMA Disaster Declaration

    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, 2014

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  • 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, 2014

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  • 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, 2014

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  • Governor Scott Walker Visits Planned Site for New La Crosse Rest Area

    La Crosse – Governor Scott Walker today announced the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will construct a new rest area along Interstate 90 near the state border in La Crosse to replace an aging facility.

    “La Crosse continues to be a major area where visitors cross into Wisconsin, and their first impression is often lasting.  This new rest area and space for the Convention and Visitors Bureau will allow us to put our best foot forward and give visitors the welcome they deserve,” Governor Walker said.

    Press Release | July 21, 2014

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  • Blueprint for Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Train Almost 200 Workers at Chippewa Valley Technical College

    Eau Claire – Governor Scott Walker today announced an award of more than $1.2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) to train up to 196 workers for in-demand fields.  The award is part of $28 million in grants Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train more than 4,900 workers for jobs employers need to fill.

    “Businesses around the state have jobs available, right now, but not enough skilled workers to fill them," Governor Walker said.  "These grants, available through our Wisconsin Fast Forward program, will help ensure Wisconsin’s workforce remains competitive and on the cutting-edge, and will help more Wisconsinites go back to work.”

    Press Release | July 18, 2014

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