Press Releases


  • Transforming Education: Governor Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers Announce Read to Lead Development Grants

    Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers announced six recipients of the Read to Lead Development Fund grants.  The awards are part of a comprehensive effort to make sure that Wisconsin students gain one of the most crucial life skills necessary for future success: the ability to read.

    “The Read to Lead program is a commitment to improving literacy within our state,” Governor Walker said.  “The selected applicants will continue the mission of this program by focusing on the development of critical reading skills, while serving diverse populations.  Without proficient reading skills, students face a higher likelihood of dropping out of high school.  If we can improve the early foundations of childhood literacy, we can improve outcomes by the time students approach the fourth grade—the time they transition from learning to read to reading to learn.” 

    Press Release | May 27, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Statement on Memorial Day

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement in honor of Memorial Day:

    Press Release | May 25, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Several Appointments

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced several appointments today, including Andrew “Drew” Peterson and Michael M. Grebe to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents; Julie Anderson and Dr. Frederick Prehn to the Natural Resources Board; and Jim Troupis to the Dane County Circuit Court. 

    Press Release | May 22, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Signs Speed Limit and School Accountability Report Legislation

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law today at the State Capitol. 

    Press Release | May 20, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Plans to Secure Fuel Infrastructure

    Madison—Two state agencies recently announced an initiative to ensure petroleum supplies are available in the event of severe natural disasters.  Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Department of Administration will provide assistance to petroleum marketers and municipal and county fleet operations in small wiring projects that enable the facility to accept a generator in an emergency.

    “This project has a goal of getting one or two fueling facilities in every county wired for emergency generators, so there is a reliable source of fuel in the event of widespread power outages,” said Governor Scott Walker.  “We are partnering with the private sector on this important infrastructure investment to provide efficient and effective fuel security all across our state.”

    Press Release | May 14, 2015

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  • ICYMI: Wisconsin Graduation Rates Up Again

    Madison – According to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) yesterday, Wisconsin graduation rates jumped to 88.6 percent in 2014, up 0.6 from 88 percent in 2013, and up 2.9 percent from 85.7 percent in 2010. 

    “We have excellent schools in Wisconsin, and we will continue our work to build an even stronger education system for all of our students,” Governor Scott Walker said. “Thanks to all of the teachers, aides, and administrators who work passionately to give students the skills and knowledge they need to earn their high school diploma, which is so important for their future success.  We will continue our work to strive for excellence because every child deserves access to a great education.”

    Press Release | May 8, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of EMT Killed in Bayfield County House Fire

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #161, ordering flags flown at half-staff out of respect for South Shore Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Dennis Swenson, who died in the line of duty, trying to save his mother from a house fire May 1, 2015.  Swenson and his mother, Dorothy Swenson both died in the Bayfield County fire.

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Swenson family and their community,” Governor Walker said.  “As a long-time volunteer EMT, Dennis Swenson represents the service and sacrifice of all of our emergency responders.  His contributions to the state and his selfless efforts to help others will not be forgotten.”

    Press Release | May 8, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Appoints District I Court of Appeals Judge

    Madison – Today Governor Scott Walker is announcing the appointment Judge Rebecca Bradley to the Court of Appeals.  Bradley will replace Judge Ralph Adam Fine, who passed away in December.

    “Judge Bradley is a superb judge with a strong track record, both in the private sector and on the bench,” said Governor Walker. “Her commitment to public service and to the rule of law will make her an outstanding addition to the appellate bench."

    Press Release | May 8, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Lays Wreath at Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker attended the 25th annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Memorial site outside the Wisconsin State Capitol today and presented a wreath on behalf of the people of Wisconsin honoring fallen law enforcement officers.

    “We gather in honor and remembrance of the brave men and women who protect our communities, neighborhoods, and roadways.  Today, we particularly honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice answering the call of duty to defend our safety,” Governor Walker said.  “Their sacrifice cannot be repaid, but will never be forgotten.  We hold their families and loved ones in our prayers.”

    Press Release | May 8, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Calls for Agency Mergers to be Removed from State Budget

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced that he asked legislators to remove the two proposed agency mergers from the budget, as well as asked the bill authors of separate merger legislation to not move forward.  Governor Walker released the following statement:

    After hearing concerns from legislators, stakeholders, and the WHEDA and WEDC Boards, we asked legislators to remove the proposed agency mergers from the state budget and we asked the bill authors to not move forward with the proposed separate legislation.  My sincere thanks to the bill authors, Senator Gudex, Representative Hutton, Senator Roth, and Representative Ballweg, for their hard work and collaboration on these bills.  Given the issues raised at the recent joint WEDC/WHEDA board meeting, it is not the appropriate time to pursue these proposals.

    Press Release | May 8, 2015

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