Press Releases


  • Governor Walker Announces Expanded Access to Naloxone

    Wisconsin Dells – Governor Scott Walker today joined state health officials at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin annual meeting to announce the signing of a statewide naloxone standing order, which allows pharmacists to dispense the medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose without requiring individual prescriptions. 

    Governor Walker signed Wisconsin Act 115 in December of 2015, to allow practitioners to prescribe an opioid antagonist to pharmacies under a standing order. This is the latest of the state’s efforts to combat opioid use, abuse, and overdose, which includes the HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) legislation package.

    “In Wisconsin, and nationwide, we’re seeing lives lost and families shattered by opioid overdoses, whether from heroin or prescription painkillers, in our urban centers and rural areas,” said Governor Walker. “This standing order allows pharmacies the ability to make this life-saving drug more accessible for friends, family and loved ones of those at risk of overdose, and potentially open the door for treatment and recovery.”

    Press Release | August 26, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Announces $4.5 Million Plan to Build Workforce and Rebuild Neighborhoods in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker, joined by state Cabinet officials, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, today announced a joint economic and workforce development effort for the City of Milwaukee which includes an additional $4.5 million state investment. The effort will center on raising awareness of existing programs and providing additional resources for employment and blight-elimination programs.

    “Today’s announcement sends a message to the people of Milwaukee that we are here to help anyone who wants a job, find a job,” Governor Walker said. “At the State, we are going to utilize new methods to market job and health services for people who need them, and we are also going to make a significant investment in worker training. This is all about helping people move from government dependence to true independence through the dignity that comes from work.”

    Press Release | August 26, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Celebrates State Fish, Casts a Line at 40th Annual World Musky Hunt

    Lake Tomahawk – Governor Scott Walker will join more than 70 people in Lake Tomahawk tomorrow for the 40th Annual World Musky Hunt. Contestants will fish with selected guides on the Lake Tomahawk chain of lakes from Thursday, August 25 – Saturday, August 27, 2016.

    “What originated as an opportunity to highlight our state fish – the muskellunge, or musky – has grown over the years to become a first-class competition drawing fishers from across the nation,” Governor Walker said. “This is a great tourism event which puts Wisconsin on the map as the go-to destination for fishing.”

    Press Release | August 25, 2016

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  • Governor Walker, Direct Supply Officials Announce Company’s Commitment to Expand its Global Headquarters in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined Direct Supply Inc. officials today to formally unveil the company’s plan to expand its global headquarters in Milwaukee – a major campus center project expected to create more than 800 jobs over the next seven years.

    “For more than 30 years, Direct Supply has demonstrated its commitment to Wisconsin and Milwaukee, and the company has grown from a small operation to one with more than 1,100 employees in a 10-building campus and is a leader in its industry,” Governor Walker said. “I applaud this employee-owned company for moving forward with an expansion plan that will provide hundreds of family supporting jobs for the residents of Milwaukee as well as the entire region.”

    Press Release | August 25, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights State Efforts to Improve Highway Safety

    Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker provided a keynote address today at the 42nd Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety.

    The theme for the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety is “Driving Fatalities Toward Zero,” which  demonstrates the state’s commitment to highway safety and encourages citizens to work together to reach the goal of zero preventable deaths on Wisconsin roads. During his remarks, Governor Walker highlighted measures that have helped decrease preventable fatalities across Wisconsin.

    “Our theme for this year’s Conference on Highway Safety emphasizes our bottom line, which is getting the number of driving deaths in Wisconsin down to zero,” Governor Walker said. “To make this goal a reality, we must work together and ensure we’re doing everything we can to eliminate fatalities on the road. The conference today provides a forum for ideas on how we can strengthen safety measures moving forward.”

    Press Release | August 24, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Speaks at Blinded Veterans Association 71st National Convention

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined the Blinded Veterans Association this morning at their 71st National Convention in Milwaukee. The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), with 8,500 members, including 153 in Wisconsin, is recognized as the exclusive voice for blinded veterans and their families nationwide.

    “Our men and women in uniform sacrifice every day to protect the freedom of our nation,” Governor Walker said. “The meaning of that sacrifice is known all too well by our veterans and their families. Today, we thank them for their courage, selflessness, and willingness to fight for our nation. We also recognize the Blinded Veterans Association for their leadership and advocacy for our blinded veterans.”

    Press Release | August 24, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights Efforts to Make College More Affordable

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Secretary Lon Roberts are visiting Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton and Northcentral Technical College in Wausau today to highlight the state’s efforts to make college more affordable for Wisconsin students and families.

    “With two sons, one a recent graduate and one a college senior, Tonette and I know the importance of planning ahead for the cost of higher education,” Governor Walker said. “By providing greater access to financial planning resources, students and their families will be armed with the information to better plan for the future.”

    Press Release | August 23, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights $38 Million Reduction in Unemployment Insurance Tax for Wisconsin Companies

    Gilman – Governor Scott Walker joined company leaders and employees this afternoon at Gilman Cheese Corporation for a tour and to discuss the tax savings for Wisconsin employers as a direct result of the stable Unemployment Insurance (UI) fund.

    Employers covered under the UI program will experience an estimated $38 million reduction in their UI taxes for the year 2017, which marks the second consecutive tax year that employer UI taxes will decline. When combined with the $97 million reduction for tax year 2016, employers will see an estimated reduction of $135 million.

    Press Release | August 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights $38 Million Reduction in Unemployment Insurance Tax for Wisconsin Companies

    Kenosha – Governor Scott Walker toured Kenall Manufacturing this morning and discussed the tax savings for Wisconsin employers as a direct result of the stable Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund. 

    Employers covered under the UI program will experience an estimated $38 million reduction in their UI taxes for the year 2017, which marks the second consecutive tax year that employer UI taxes will decline. When combined with the $97 million reduction for tax year 2016, employers will see an estimated reduction of $135 million.

    “Kenall Manufacturing is a great example of a company dedicated to workforce development through their training programs,” said Governor Walker. “By reducing the unemployment insurance tax burden, Wisconsin businesses can focus on investing in their current employees with ongoing skills training and attracting new workers.”

    Press Release | August 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Congratulates Latest Class of Project SEARCH Graduates at University Hospital

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker joined Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Department of Health Services (DHS) officials today in celebrating 11 Project SEARCH graduates at University Hospital in Madison. Project SEARCH combines hands-on job training and classroom instruction to provide participants with a well-rounded career development experience.

    “We’re incredibly proud of the newest Project SEARCH graduates,” Governor Walker said. “Wisconsin’s workers with disabilities possess a unique set of strengths and skills that not only benefit the workplace but the community as a whole. The training and resources the graduates received through their Project SEARCH experience provides them with the skills they need to work in their communities at a competitive wage while gaining confidence and marketable skills in the process.”

    Press Release | August 18, 2016

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