Press Releases

  • Governor Scott Walker Announces DOR Anti-Fraud Initiatives Save Taxpayers $192 Million Over Five Years

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's (DOR) initiatives to protect taxpayers' identities and prevent fraudulent activity has yielded a big return for taxpayers.  Last tax season, DOR stopped nearly $58 million in fraudulent refunds and credits.  During the past five tax seasons, DOR has stopped $192 million in potential fraud.  This is an increase of 170 percent – or an additional $121 million – when compared to the previous five tax seasons. 

    "Targeting waste, fraud, and abuse is crucial to the safety of our taxpayers, and DOR's efforts have helped to safeguard our citizens," Governor Walker said. "Our persistence in protecting taxpayers from identity theft and fraudulent tax return filing has saved Wisconsinites $192 million in potential fraud over the course of five years.  We are committed to ensuring the private information of our citizens remains safe.”

    Press Release | February 11, 2016

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  • ICYMI: Act 10 Saves Wisconsin Taxpayers More Than $5 Billion Over 5 Years, MacIver Analysis Finds

    Madison – MacIver Institute published an article today titled “Act 10 Saves Wisconsin Taxpayers More Than $5 Billion Over 5 Years, MacIver Analysis Finds.”

    “Five years ago today, we introduced the common-sense reforms included in Act 10, which rightly put the power back into the hands of our citizens,” Governor Walker said.  “Ultimately, this legislation saved taxpayers billions of dollars and turned the $3.6 billion budget deficit we inherited into a budget surplus – all without raising taxes.  In the years since Act 10’s introduction, the tools have been utilized by local governments, schools, and taxpayers to realize significant savings.”

    Press Release | February 11, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Attends 78th Annual Wisconsin Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker addressed metal casting industry representatives from across the state today including industry suppliers, students, and management at the 78th Wisconsin Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition.  The year’s theme is: “Increase Your ODDS of Success.”

    “Manufacturing, including metal casting, has a major impact on Wisconsin’s economy,” Governor Walker said.  “It is a high-demand, fast-paced field with good-paying jobs, but we need skilled workers to fill them.  We’ve made strides to address the skills gap, and we will continue to invest in workforce development programs that provide internship and shadow opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and discover their skills and passions, which may lead to a career in manufacturing.”

    Press Release | February 11, 2016

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  • Building Commission Approves Projects

    Madison – Today, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state.

    “Our thanks to the members of the Building Commission for taking action on projects today that will improve facilities throughout Wisconsin,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “We are especially pleased with the action on UW-Madison’s Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory building.  Research carried out there will improve meat quality and food safety while supporting an industry that contributes $12 billion to the state’s economy and provides 88,000 rural and urban jobs in Wisconsin.”

    Press Release | February 10, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s Stay of the Federal Government’s 111(d) Rule

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s 111(d) rule:

    Today’s decision is a win for Wisconsin and the other states joining with us in challenging the overreach of the Obama Administration.  This rule clearly exceeds the President’s authority and could increase costs to Wisconsin ratepayers and businesses by up to $13 billion.  We will continue working to protect Wisconsin’s families and manufacturing industry from the potentially devastating impact of this presidential overreach.

    Press Release | February 9, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Attends NRA and Wisconsin FORCE Convention, Signs Assembly Bill 142

    Weston – Governor Scott Walker attended the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) and Wisconsin Firearm Owners, Ranges, Clubs, and Educators Inc. (FORCE) Convention today.  The convention was hosted at the Mountain Bay Banquet and Conference Center in Weston.  

    “Wisconsin citizens have the fundamental right to defend themselves and feel safe and secure in their homes and we remain committed to protecting those rights,” Governor Walker said.  “One of the first steps we took in office was signing concealed carry and Castle Doctrine legislation into law.  We will continue to protect those freedoms and ensure that those who wish to exercise their Constitutional right to buy and sell firearms lawfully in the state of Wisconsin are able to do so.” 

    Press Release | February 6, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Attends Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce First Friday Forum

    Sheboygan – Governor Scott Walker joined community leaders today at the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce First Friday Forum, which was held at the Blue Harbor Conference Center.  Governor Walker spoke about major Wisconsin accomplishments, as well as what to expect in the state for 2016.

    “There are currently more people working in Wisconsin than at nearly any other point in our state’s history,” Governor Walker said.  “Sheboygan is no exception – the unemployment rate here is 3.4 percent, which is even lower than the state’s unemployment rate of 4.3 percent.  To guarantee our future success and ensure everyone who wants a job can find a job here in Wisconsin, we will continue to invest in workforce development and training.”

    Press Release | February 5, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Signs 21 Bills into Law

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed 21 bills into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.

    Press Release | February 4, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Highlights Economic Success at Governor’s Conference on Economic Development

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker kicked off the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development today at the Monona Terrace in Madison.  The theme for the 21st Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development is “Aligning Our Direction – Finding Common Ground.”

    “Wisconsin’s economy is strong, and we’re working to ensure it continues to grow and thrive,” Governor Walker said.  “That’s why we tripled funding for broadband expansion grants in our most recent budget in order to provide our communities with the tools and resources they need to guarantee economic development.  Building a robust economy also requires investing in our workers and ensuring they have access to resources like our revamped Job Center of Wisconsin, which matches job seekers with particular skills and talents to employers looking for those qualifications.”

    Press Release | February 4, 2016

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  • Governor Scott Walker Speaks at 2016 Wisconsin Counties Association Legislative Exchange

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker delivered remarks today at the 2016 Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Legislative Exchange in Madison.  This event, which is hosted by the WCA, allows county officials from across Wisconsin to meet and discuss local state-wide issues, network with colleagues, and hear directly from experts about topics that are important to county government.

    “Long-term economic growth and development throughout the state begins at the local level,” Governor Walker said.  “That’s why we’ve worked to provide Wisconsin counties with the tools necessary to meet the needs of their citizens.  We did this in our most recent budget, and we will continue to work with them to ensure continued economic success in our state.”

    Press Release | February 3, 2016

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