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  • Governor Walker Announces 14,410 FoodShare Members Enter the Workforce

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced new data released by the Department of Health Services (DHS) relating to the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), which shows thousands of FoodShare members participating in the program are gaining employment, with average wages significantly higher than minimum wage. Data shows FSET participants are working more than 30 hours per week.

    “Wisconsin is unique because we made a significant investment in our employment training program for able-bodied adults through the FoodShare program. We recognize that while people want to work, sometimes they need help removing the barriers that prevent them from reaching that goal,” Governor Scott Walker said. “Our job training program offers FoodShare recipients a customized plan to help them enter the workforce, including free educational courses, vocational training, support to bolster their job skills, transportation assistance, and more.”

    Press Release | August 31, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Recognizes State and County Fraud Prevention Efforts

    Eau Claire – Governor Scott Walker held a press conference at the Eau Claire County Government Center today to highlight the strong efforts of state and local agency fraud prevention and investigation staff to protect the integrity of the Medicaid and FoodShare Programs in Wisconsin. DHS provides almost $9 billion in benefits to more than 1.2 million people in Wisconsin annually. As a result of the Governor’s and Legislature’s commitment to program integrity fraud program savings have steadily increased at the state and local level, increasing by 80 percent from 2012 to 2015.

    “Government services, such as FoodShare, are an important safety net for people facing long-term and sometimes short-term challenges who need help,” Governor Walker said. “When people abuse the system, they are taking taxpayer-funded resources and putting the programs at risk for those who truly need them. I commend the workers at the state, county, and local level who have made so much progress detecting, and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse, and protecting the integrity of these important programs.”

    Press Release | August 30, 2016

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  • Governor Walker, Foreign Affairs Secretary Ruiz Massieu Open New Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu in a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new Mexican Consulate building in Milwaukee. The ribbon cutting comes after a 2013 letter from Governor Walker to the Mexican government requesting a consulate office in Milwaukee.

    “A few years ago, we requested a consulate office in Milwaukee because Wisconsin’s Hispanic population has risen and the demand for services has grown,” Governor Walker said. “The consulate will be a tremendous asset to Wisconsin and it will strengthen the already strong economic relationship between Wisconsin and Mexico.”

    Press Release | August 30, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Travels Throughout Northwestern Wisconsin for Cabinet on the Road

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and members of his Cabinet are making stops throughout northwestern Wisconsin today as a part of Cabinet on the Road. Today’s events mark the third time the Cabinet has taken to the road this year, with visits in southwestern Wisconsin in March and western Wisconsin in July.

    “In combination with our Listening Sessions, Cabinet on the Road provides us, as state leaders, with the best opportunity to hear directly from the people,” Governor Walker said. “For this Cabinet on the Road in northwestern Wisconsin, we’re working to promote the area as being ‘Open for Business,’ and hear from locals about ways we can continue to support them as they recover from July’s floods.”

    Press Release | August 29, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Issues Emergency Declaration to Assist Three Western Wisconsin Counties Impacted by Heavy Rain and Flooding

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #211 today declaring a State of Emergency in Eau Claire, Buffalo, and Trempealeau Counties. The emergency declaration helps local governments and residents recover from the damages caused by severe storms and flooding, which occurred on August 10-11, 2016.

    Press Release | August 29, 2016

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