Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today the city of Fitchburg has been awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $1 million award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) contribution to extend Commerce Park Drive southward and construct at its southern end an east-west roadway to be known as Sub-Zero Parkway.
“This investment in infrastructure allows Sub-Zero to expand their current facilities and create new jobs here in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “With the help of the Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in the form of TEA grants and tax credits, Sub-Zero plans to create an additional 300 jobs.”
Governor Walker Releases Video to Encourage Participation In “If You See Something, Say Something TM” Campaign
Madison – Governor Scott Walker joined State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Major General Donald Dunbar, and Hartland Police Chief Robert Rosch to stress the continued importance of the “If You See Something, Say Something TM” campaign to students in Wisconsin.
“We all play a role in keeping our communities safe,” Governor Walker said. “The ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign instructs and empowers Wisconsin citizens to take an active role in protecting our state. We will continue to work with the Department of Homeland Security to protect our state by encouraging all Wisconsinites to pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.”
Madison – Today, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state.
Madison – Governor Scott Walker is encouraging farmers whose crops were damaged by last week’s frost to report losses to their Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office.
“Our administration is working closely with the FSA to ensure Wisconsin farmers are protected from significant crop loss,” Governor Walker said. “Apple orchards and vineyards have been hit especially hard, and we urge all farmers affected by the frost to contact their local FSA office. By reporting crop damage, Wisconsin farmers are taking the necessary steps to ensure they are financially secure.”
Stevens Point – Governor Scott Walker will provide remarks this evening at the grand opening of Skyward’s new world headquarters in Stevens Point. The new headquarters allows Skyward to consolidate two buildings in Stevens Point and provides space for future growth.
“This is a major investment in the Stevens Point area, and it’s expected to bring over $20 million in revenue to the region,” Governor Walker said. “The fact that Skyward officials decided to expand here is evidence of Wisconsin’s positive business climate and skilled workforce. We were here in October 2014 when Skyward leaders broke ground on this new world headquarters, and we’re happy to be here today for the grand opening.”
Ringle – Earlier this month, Governor Scott Walker proclaimed the month of May as Beef Month in Wisconsin. Today, Governor Walker presented the Beef Month proclamation to the owners and operators of Country Lane Farms, the Bayer family.
“The beef cattle industry in Wisconsin is a significant contributor to our economy and our workforce,” Governor Walker said. “It contributes more than $2 billion in income and is responsible for more than 35,000 jobs throughout our state. We’re ranked fifth in the nation for pounds of beef produced every year, and throughout the month of May, we’re celebrating the beef cattle farmers, like the Bayer family, who contribute to this important aspect of agriculture in Wisconsin.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today that continued growth in the state's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund could trigger the second consecutive drop in the UI tax schedule for covered employers in two years, saving an estimated $38 million in UI taxes per starting in tax year 2017. When combined with last year's activation of a lower UI tax schedule saving $97 million annually, the total annual savings for some 134,000 Wisconsin employers who are covered by the state's UI program will be approximately $135 million.
"Wisconsin's economy continues to improve and, coupled with the significant reforms made to the UI program since 2011, employers and workers today are benefiting from a fair, cost-effective and stable UI system," Governor Scott Walker said. "With an unemployment rate below the national average, initial UI claims running at their lowest level since 1989 and an historic high in the number of people employed, our state's economy is headed in the right direction. The growth of our UI Trust Fund provides another positive indicator for businesses looking to expand in Wisconsin and create more jobs."
Madison – In the 2016 State of the State Address, Governor Scott Walker announced the 2020 Vision Project to hold listening sessions across the state to help plan for the future of Wisconsin. Governor Walker has hosted listening sessions with Wisconsinites in 30 communities so far.
“We visited 30 communities and heard from nearly 1,000 people about what we are doing right in Wisconsin, what areas we can reform, and where we want our state to be in the next two decades,” said Governor Walker. “We are hearing a range of opinions from people who come from across the political spectrum, and the input we are receiving will help guide us as we approach our next state budget and legislative session.”
Milwaukee – Governor Walker addressed the National Main Street Center’s conference, Main Street Now, in Milwaukee today. In 2015, Wisconsin Main Street communities were responsible for the creation of an estimated 586 jobs and 115 new businesses throughout the state.
“The Wisconsin Main Street Program was established in 1987 and has since worked in over 65 communities throughout the state, helping to create an estimated 12,000 jobs and grow 2,300 new businesses,” Governor Walker said. “Through the work of communities across Wisconsin in 2015, $6.3 million in public investment was leveraged to bring $91 million in private investment. This public-private partnership has led to the significant economic development and workforce growth in the last year, and we’re excited to see how this program continues to transform Wisconsin communities in the years to come.”
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Governor Walker Highlights Dual Enrollment, Youth Apprenticeship Programs at Stevens Point Area Senior High School
Stevens Point – Governor Scott Walker visited the Stevens Point Area Senior High School today to highlight the school’s workforce development programs. The school offers students the opportunity to earn dual credit through Mid-State College and Northcentral Technical College and also partners with the Mid-Wisconsin School-to-Work Partnership Apprenticeship Regional Consortium to give students a hands-on learning experience.
“We’re busy making Wisconsin a great place to live and work, and one of our primary focuses is on developing our workforce,” Governor Walker said. “To prepare Wisconsin’s workforce for tomorrow, we have to provide our students with a quality education today. That’s why we’ve invested in programs like dual enrollment and youth apprenticeship, which help jump start their higher education, provide them with practical workforce skills, and allow them to enter the workforce to begin their career earlier.”
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