Press Releases


  • Governor Walker Announces Kentucky Elk Arrive in Jackson County for Wisconsin Elk Reintroduction Program

    Madison – Elk from Kentucky have reached their new home near Black River Falls in the first year of elk reintroduction efforts in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and a number of other key partners.

    “This is a great day for Wisconsin as our effort to re-establish the elk population in Wisconsin takes the next step,” Governor Walker said.  “We look forward to having a healthy and thriving elk herd, which will help boost tourism and, in turn, grow the economy.” 

    Press Release | March 26, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Issues Executive Order to Lower Flags in Honor of Trooper Trevor Casper

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #154 today ordering the United States flag and State of Wisconsin flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of Trooper Trevor Casper, who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday.  Governor Scott Walker released the following statement:

    Today, we recognize Trooper Trevor Casper for his heroism and remember his dedication to his community.  Trooper Casper served the state faithfully and died protecting fellow citizens from harm.  To honor his selflessness and sacrifice, the flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin will be flown at half-staff.  Tonette and I are keeping Trevor’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. 

    Press Release | March 26, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Issues Proclamation for “Medal of Honor Day”

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday, March 25 as “Medal of Honor Day” across the state of Wisconsin.  This national celebration recognizes individuals who have received a Congressional Medal of Honor for their sacrifice and service to our nation.

    “Today, we keep in our thoughts and prayers the courageous men and women who have served or currently serve our country, putting themselves in harm’s way in order to protect our freedom,” Governor Walker said.  “We specifically keep in mind those who have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty and received the prestigious Medal of Honor.  Wisconsin is home to 63 recipients of the Medal of Honor, including my friend and fellow Harley rider, Gary Wetzel, and we are incredibly proud of their valor and grateful for their dedicated service to our state and our nation.”

    Press Release | March 25, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on the Passing of Trooper Trevor Casper

    Madison –Today, Governor Scott Walker released the following statement on the passing of Trooper Trevor Casper, who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday evening.

    Trooper Trevor Casper was killed while bravely serving his community and doing his duty to keep our citizens safe.  Tonette and I are praying for Trooper Casper's family and our thoughts are with them and the broader law enforcement community at this difficult time.

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    Press Release | March 25, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bills 6 and 13

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker recently signed two bills into law.

    Senate Bill 6 – signed into law on Wednesday, clarifies the authority of the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) and allows the LAB to access the Government Accountability Board’s (GAB) records, so that it may conduct a full, complete, and accurate audit.  The Joint Legislative Audit Committee authored the bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote.  The bill is Act 2.

    Senate Bill 13 – signed into law today, removes the burden on small businesses supplying medical oxygen by establishing an alternative licensure program through the Pharmacy Examining Board.  The license ensures measures are in place to protect consumers who rely on medical oxygen.  This bill will put medical oxygen distributors and manufacturers of Wisconsin in compliance with federal standards to ensure these companies are capable of receiving federal Medicare reimbursement.  Representative Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) authored this legislation which passed the Senate on a voice vote and was concurred on by the Assembly on a voice vote; it is Act 3.

    Press Release | March 23, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Releases Statement on Voter ID

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject a challenge to the Voter ID law:

    This is great news for Wisconsin voters.  As we’ve said, this is a common sense reform that protects the integrity of our voting process, making it easy to vote and hard to cheat. 

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    Press Release | March 23, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Wisconsin Governor’s Tourism Conference in La Crosse

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker addressed nearly 1,000 members of the state’s tourism industry at the Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism in La Crosse today.  Governor Walker’s remarks highlighted the state of tourism in Wisconsin and its impact on the economy. 

    “Wisconsin’s tourism industry is a vital player in our efforts to build a Wisconsin offering more freedom and prosperity for all,” Governor Walker said.  “Investing in tourism promotion and marketing at the national, state, and local level is an effective way to attract visitors and keep the economy growing.”  

    Press Release | March 16, 2015

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  • PSC of Wisconsin Chairperson Testifying on Behalf of State’s Rights at “Clean Power Plan” Hearing in Washington, DC

    Madison - Today, Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin Chairperson Ellen Nowak will provide testimony on The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” at a hearing to the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works committee in Washington, DC.

    Chairperson Nowak is the only utility regulator asked to testify by the majority. Her testimony highlighted the comments submitted to the EPA Wisconsin’s Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources on behalf of the state. The state of Wisconsin, through the PSC and DNR, along with more than 2 million other individuals and entities throughout the nation provided comments on the controversial carbon dioxide curbing plan. 

    “Chairperson Nowak’s unique insight and expertise will provide Wisconsin’s perspective on what this proposal can and will do to states if implemented as written, and she has made it abundantly clear in the past that this unfunded mandate that may be thrust upon the people of Wisconsin will not go unchallenged,” said Governor Scott Walker. “It is a tremendous feat to have a voice from Wisconsin representing state’s rights at this federal hearing and we know that she will bring a number of inconsistencies on the proposed plan to light.” 

    Press Release | March 11, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Signs Freedom to Work Legislation

    Brown Deer – Governor Scott Walker joined job creators, local officials, and legislators today at Badger Meter in Brown Deer, to sign Special Session Senate Bill 44.  SB 44, or Freedom to Work, eliminates any requirement that employees pay union dues as a condition of employment, while maintaining the option to choose union membership.

    “This legislation puts power back in the hands of Wisconsin workers, by allowing the freedom to choose whether they want to join a union and pay union dues,” Governor Walker said.  “This also gives Wisconsin one more tool to encourage job creators, like those here at Badger Meter, to continue investing and expanding in our state.  Freedom to Work, along with our investments in worker training, and our work to lower the tax burden, will lead to more freedom and prosperity for all of Wisconsin.”

    Press Release | March 9, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at Wisconsin Business Day

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker addressed business leaders and job creators at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s annual Business Day in Madison.  Governor Walker’s remarks highlighted Wisconsin’s economic growth and his plans to continue making state government more efficient, effective, and accountable.

    “Over the last four years our common sense reforms put the power back into the hands of Wisconsin’s hardworking taxpayers, allowing more people to live out their piece of the American Dream,” Governor Walker said.  “Our budget proposal builds on these past successes to foster growth and opportunity by investing in worker training as well as lowering the tax burden on citizens, leading to more freedom and prosperity for all of Wisconsin.”

    Press Release | March 4, 2015

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