LATEST NEWS GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER ANNOUNCES WISCONSIN WALLEYE INITIATIVE
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative today. The initiative, developed by the Department of Natural Resources, will dramatically increase the number of walleye in Wisconsin by expanding production at state, private, and tribal fish hatcheries.
“Fishing is such an important part of Wisconsin’s sporting heritage, and demand for walleye continues to increase,” Governor Walker said. “With this historic investment, we are making long-term improvements to Wisconsin’s lakes and our state’s fishing and tourism industries. I thank Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and Representative Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade) for their work on this issue.” READ MORE HERE.
STATEMENT ON TRAGIC EVENTS IN OKLAHOMA
Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today following the tragic events in Oklahoma:
We are overwhelmed with grief for the lives lost and the lives destroyed by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Tonette and I send our prayers to the victims and to those left behind to pick up the pieces, and we send our wholehearted support to the communities affected by this disaster.
GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SYSTEMS TO WISCONSIN
Madison – Governor Scott Walker participated in the ribbon-cutting of International Business Systems’ (IBS) new corporate offices today in Waukesha. IBS is a Stockholm-based global enterprise resource planning and supply chain software solution provider.
“This is what we work day in and day out to do, help the private sector grow jobs and bring business to Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “We’re headed in the right direction, and I’m delighted that IBS chose to expand their operations in Wisconsin.” READ MORE HERE.
GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER SURVEYS FOREST FIRE DAMAGE
Madison – Governor Scott Walker surveyed damage from “The Germann Road Fire” today that destroyed over 8,100 acres in Bayfield and Douglas Counties. Governor Walker declared a state of emergency last evening and directed state agencies to make services available to residents whose property has been destroyed or damaged as a result of the forest fire.
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GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR BAYFIELD AND DOUGLAS COUNTIES
Madison – Governor Scott Walker has issued Executive Order #103 declaring a state of emergency in response to a forest fire, which has destroyed more than 9,000 acres in Bayfield and Douglas Counties.
“Tonette and I send our prayers and concern to the people who have lost property and those who have been evacuated because of this forest fire,” Governor Walker said. “As we continue to closely monitor the situation, I want to thank our first responders, the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for their work battling this forest fire. I also would like to thank the States of Minnesota and Michigan, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Province of Ontario for their assistance.” READ MORE HERE.
GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER HOLDS FORWARD MANUFACTURING ROUNDTABLE WITH JOB CREATORS IN GREEN BAY
Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker held a Forward Manufacturing Roundtable today at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to discuss Wisconsin’s business climate with job creators in the manufacturing industry. The roundtable was an opportunity for Governor Walker and cabinet members to highlight improvements in Wisconsin’s business climate and to answer questions and receive feedback from manufacturers.
“My top priority is helping the people create jobs, and we need to continue doing everything we can to help Wisconsin-based businesses grow,” Governor Walker said. “Today’s roundtable was a great opportunity to hear from manufacturers and learn about what more we can do to help them grow and attract more businesses to Wisconsin, especially those in nearby states. My focus on helping the people create jobs is really about helping workers throughout our state provide better lives for their families.” READ MORE HERE.
ENTREPRENEUR ACCELERATOR READY TO SUPPORT FIVE STARTUPS IN MILWAUKEE
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today that five inner-city Milwaukee entrepreneurs will get startup business model training, mentorship, and funding through a seed accelerator program. The new program, called “Revolution Labs,” is being launched with support by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) through Governor Walker’s Transform Milwaukee initiative.
“Revolution Labs addresses the significant need to develop successful startups in the community in order to reduce unemployment and create an entrepreneurial culture,” said Governor Walker. “This program will connect five startups with an experienced team of Milwaukee-based entrepreneurs to provide hands-on business model training and mentorship.” READ MORE HERE.
GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER STATEMENT ON THE WISCONSIN LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Madison – Governor Scott Walker attended the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony today and released the following statement:
I am honored to join Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and representatives from police departments around the state in commemorating the sacrifices of our Wisconsin law enforcement professionals.
Our dedicated officers work tirelessly to protect our communities and our streets and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Today in particular, we remember and honor those who have died in the line of duty. Their ultimate sacrifice is something that can never be repaid but will always be remembered.
STATEMENT ON INCREASED REVENUE PROJECTIONS
Madison – The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released updated revenue projections today which predicted Wisconsin will have a $560 million surplus. Governor Scott Walker released the following statement in reaction:
The projected $560 million surplus is good news for the people of Wisconsin. Our sound fiscal management means we can continue to invest in our priorities while protecting taxpayers.
The surplus and increased revenue projections should be invested in aid for our schools, lowering income taxes for middle-class families, holding the line on property taxes, and building our rainy day fund.
Wisconsin’s economy is growing, and our tough, but prudent, decisions mean we are better off than we were two years ago.
WISCONSIN IMPROVES IN BEST STATES FOR BUSINESS RANKING THREE YEARS IN A ROW
Madison – Chief Executive magazine today announced Wisconsin ranks 17th on its “Best/Worst States for Business 2013” survey, the third consecutive year Wisconsin has improved its position among the nation’s best states for business. Wisconsin improved three places from 20th in 2012, and it recently saw the largest gain of any state in the history of the survey, moving 17 places from the bottom ten, from 41st in 2010 to 24th in 2011.
“Since taking office in 2011, my number one goal has been to help the private sector create jobs by establishing a favorable climate for economic growth,” Governor Scott Walker said. “This three-year increase in ranking continues to show our economy is better off than it was a few years ago, and Wisconsin is on track to becoming one of America’s best states for business.” READ MORE HERE.