Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 252 into law today at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
Senate Bill 252 – Signed into law today, SB 252 extends the 5-year phase out of municipal and county utility aid payments to include all types of production plants. Under current law, the phase out only applies to nuclear and wind production plants that close. SB 252 also eliminates the subtraction from the phase out payment for property taxes paid by the closed production plant. This bill treats Wisconsin communities with all types of power plants equally by providing a 5-year phase out of their utility aid payment, and assists communities financially by helping to bear an otherwise immediate financial burden. Authored by Senator Frank Lasee (R – De Pere) and Representative Joel Kitchens (R – Sturgeon Bay), the bill passed the Senate by a vote of 32-0 and was concurred on by the Assembly on a voice vote. It is Act 61.
Madison – Today, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved several key projects across the state including, but not limited to:
· Releasing funds for the construction of a science laboratory at Carroll University;
· Renovation of the Clinical Skills Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine;
· Design and construction of a new Infirmary at the Taycheedah Correctional Institution; and
· Various maintenance and repair projects around the state.
“The State Building Commission approved a number of key projects, which will positively impact the state’s ability to provide core services to Wisconsin residents,” said Governor Scott Walker. “I would like to thank the members of the Building Commission for taking action on these projects, which will improve facilities throughout Wisconsin.”
Working for Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Amazon Fulfillment Center Grand Opening
Kenosha – Governor Scott Walker joined Amazon officials and local leaders today as Amazon unveiled its new 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center. The ceremony celebrated the addition of Kenosha, WI to the company’s nationwide fulfillment network of operational facilities. This event is part of Governor Walker’s Working for Wisconsin tour, which highlights initiatives and programs throughout the state that are working for the people of Wisconsin.
“The decision by Amazon to open their latest fulfillment center here in Wisconsin is a testament to our infrastructure and workforce assets available to companies looking to grow or initiate operations here,” Governor Walker said. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved – we’re thrilled to welcome the world’s largest online retailer to the state, which will increase our economic activity, and Amazon gains access to the state’s skilled workforce. Our reforms are working for Wisconsin, and looking forward, we will continue to invest in programs and initiatives that benefit the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin.”
Eau Claire – Today, Governor Scott Walker visited Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire as a part of his Working for Wisconsin tour. The Working for Wisconsin tour highlights initiatives and programs that are working for the people of Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s visit to Chippewa Valley Technical College focuses on promoting educational resources such as their Applied Technology Center as a means to improve Wisconsin’s workforce.
“Technical college students fill a crucial need for job creators as they look for skilled workers for open positions in their workforce,” Governor Walker said. “As we continue to bridge the skills gap here in Wisconsin, it is vital that we invest in our students, and equip them with the resources and knowledge they need to thrive in high-demand fields, such as manufacturing and energy. The Applied Technology Center and the new Energy Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College are both excellent resources that allow students hands-on experience and training, making them better prepared to obtain a family-supporting jobs upon graduation.”
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Menominee – Governor Scott Walker today visited the University of Wisconsin-Stout as a part of his Working for Wisconsin Tour. This tour is an opportunity for Governor Walker to travel throughout the state to highlight initiatives and programs that are working for the people of Wisconsin. The visit to UW-Stout focuses on their efforts to prepare the next generation of Wisconsin’s workers.
“Learning in this environment helps give students real-world experience in manufacturing, and provides a leg-up as they prepare to enter the workforce,” Governor Walker said. “The kind of hands-on experience students at UW-Stout will receive in the FAB Lab is important to the future of Wisconsin. The budget we put in place this year shows our commitment to equipping Wisconsinites with the skills they need to find good-paying, family-supporting jobs in our modern workforce by investing millions in worker training and workforce development programs.”
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De Pere – Governor Scott Walker kicked off his Working for Wisconsin Tour at B&W MEGTEC in De Pere today. During the Working for Wisconsin tour, Governor Walker is traveling throughout the state to highlight initiatives and programs that are working for the people of Wisconsin.
“We continue to focus on increasing funds for worker training programs here in Wisconsin so companies like MEGTEC Systems, Inc. can fill their high-demand positions with skilled workers,” said Governor Walker. “Manufacturing drives our state’s economy, which is why we need to make sure we have a skilled workforce equipped with the training and experience needed to fill open positions in Wisconsin.”
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Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker began accepting applications to decorate Wisconsin’s 2015 National Christmas Tree Display. Every year, the Governor selects a professional artist to work with a youth arts class or program to create ornaments, which will be displayed on Wisconsin’s National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.
“It’s always a lot of fun to see what Wisconsin artists and youths come up with every year for our National Christmas Tree,” Governor Walker said. “We look forward to selecting the artist and school that helps us to decorate the tree each year, and this year’s theme of Wisconsin Sports is one that is very near and dear to the hearts of many Wisconsinites. Wisconsin boasts a diverse array of sports and talented teams and athletes. Recognizing our strong sports traditions will make our state tree one of the most spirited in our nation’s capital this year.”
Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker attended the Cow of the Year Presentation at the World Dairy Expo, a worldwide event hosted each year in Madison. This five-day event attracts dairy industry representatives from around the world. Last year, the Expo drew 77,204 attendees, including individuals representing 95 countries. The theme of the 2015 World Dairy Expo is “Dairy in Our DNA.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced today that Workplace Wellness Program grants of up to $15,000 are now available to Wisconsin businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Businesses that started their employee wellness program after March 15, 2014 are eligible for the grants, which are funded by Wisconsin Act 137, the Workplace Wellness Grant Program.
“Wellness in the workplace is vital to maintaining and improving employee morale while increasing productivity,” Governor Walker said. “Workplace wellness grants help employees make positive changes that may improve their health, potentially reducing healthcare costs, making them a win-win idea for Wisconsin’s small businesses and their employees.”
Mequon – Governor Scott Walker joined GenMet employees and students today at their Manufacturing Day celebration in Mequon. This celebration allows students from the community to tour GenMet’s facilities and experience the different types of manufacturing jobs taking place on the production floor every day.
“The manufacturing industry is thriving here in Wisconsin, and there is no better time than Manufacturing Month to highlight GenMet and all of our manufacturing businesses,” Governor Walker said. “Today, students are seeing first-hand all that the manufacturing industry has to offer. GenMet is creating this opportunity for students to get a taste of manufacturing, maybe even sparking an interest in some to pursue a family-supporting job in this high-demand field. Throughout Manufacturing Month, we will continue to highlight Wisconsin’s excellent manufacturers that are a crucial part of Wisconsin’s economy.”