Press Releases


  • Governor Walker Declares State of Emergency in Response to Damaging Floods in 13 Counties

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency for 13 western Wisconsin counties following torrential rains this week since Wednesday which caused widespread flooding and mudslides. Counties declared are Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Trempealeau, and Vernon. 

    “More than 10 inches of rain fell this week which caused flooding and mudslides across the region of western Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “I want to thank all of the first responders and local officials in the area who are working hard to manage the situation. I am instructing the Wisconsin National Guard and all state agencies to provide assistance to those affected by this natural disaster.”

    Press Release | September 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Announces Disaster Assistance for Homeowners and Businesses in West Central Wisconsin

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request for federal low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses impacted by flash flooding that occurred last month in West Central Wisconsin. The SBA will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma. Individuals and businesses will be able to obtain information and loan applications.                                   

    “We are pleased the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be able to assist homeowners and businesses that suffered damages because of the flooding in August,” said Governor Walker. “The low-interest loans will help them get back to normal as they try to recover from the storm damage.”

    Press Release | September 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Joins in Riverside Energy Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

    Beloit – Governor Scott Walker joined Alliant Energy and Public Service Commission (PSC) officials today at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Riverside Energy Expansion in Beloit. The groundbreaking celebrates a new power plant, which will be operated by Alliant Energy.

    “The new Riverside Energy Expansion plant diversifies Wisconsin’s electricity generation, both in this region and throughout the state,” Governor Walker said. “By utilizing both natural gas and steam turbines, Alliant Energy is providing safe and competitively priced electricity to their consumers, and the project is expected to provide lower future energy costs looking forward.”

    Press Release | September 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Announces Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, Participates in Walgreens’ Launch of Drug Take Back Program

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker announced the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse today in Milwaukee. The announcement follows Governor Walker issuing Executive Order #214, which appoints several agency secretaries, or their designees, to the task force. The task force will meet in the coming weeks and months to further the great work already being done to combat opioid abuse, as well as to make additional recommendations to end the opioid crisis in Wisconsin.

    “We’ve recently seen opioid use and abuse escalate throughout Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “The bottom line is this has become an epidemic and every year we see more people dying from opioid overdose. We’ve taken serious steps in the past to combat opioid abuse in Wisconsin, including signing Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education, or H.O.P.E., legislation into law last spring, and issuing a standing order allowing naloxone to be dispensed without individual prescriptions. These efforts are saving lives and helping people get the support they need to recover. Our announcement today about the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse demonstrates our unified efforts and brings us closer to our goal of ending opioid abuse and overdose in Wisconsin.”

    Press Release | September 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Speaks at the Meeting of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined members of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities this morning at their board meeting, which was held in Milwaukee. The board advocates on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, fosters welcoming and inclusive communities, and works to improve the disability service system.

    “I applaud the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities for their efforts to support and empower the citizens of Wisconsin with developmental disabilities,” Governor Walker said. “We recognize Wisconsinites with developmental disabilities offer a diverse set of strengths and skills that benefit their communities as a whole. Looking forward, we will continue to invest in programs like Project SEARCH, which provides practical training, so these individuals have the opportunity to work in their communities at a competitive wage while gaining confidence and job skills in the process.”

    Press Release | September 22, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Issues Statement on the Passing of Terry Kohler

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today regarding the passing of Terry Kohler:

    Terry Kohler will be greatly missed in Wisconsin. He was a leader in business, politics, sailing, wildlife conservation, aviation, efforts to promote strong marriages, and so much more. Tonette and I send our prayers to Mary and all of Terry's family.

    Press Release | September 20, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Seeks Federal Aid for Northern Wisconsin Farmers Affected by Floods

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker has asked for a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretarial Disaster Designation to help farmers in Ashland, Bayfield, and Iron counties that suffered crop losses as a result of heavy rains and flooding in July.

    Press Release | September 19, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights Importance of Wisconsin’s Small Businesses at Sixth Annual Governor’s Small Business Summit

    Appleton – Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joined small business owners and executives from throughout Wisconsin today in Appleton at the sixth annual Governor’s Small Business Summit. Governor Walker inaugurated this summit during his first year in office to create an opportunity for government leaders to hear directly from small business owners about what it takes to run a successful business in Wisconsin.

    “We created the Small Business Summit when we first took office after hearing from small business owners during a series of roundtable discussions,” Governor Walker said. “We recognize the crucial role small businesses play in Wisconsin’s economy and knew it would be valuable for us to bring our entire cabinet to an event focused on helping small businesses in our state thrive. This summit is a great opportunity for leaders to network and expand their customer base, while also providing the opportunity to ask government leaders questions and make suggestions.”

    Press Release | September 19, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Announces Expansion of Fab Labs Program

    Hammond – Governor Scott Walker announced today that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is expanding the state’s popular Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program, which helps public school districts build or expand Fab Labs that provide students with training on valuable job skills.

    “When we launched this program last year, we heard loud and clear from school districts around the state that this was exactly the kind of initiative needed to help ensure today’s students succeed in the ever-changing economy once they leave school,” Governor Walker said. “The response to this program has been overwhelming, and I’m pleased even more school districts will be able to participate in the coming school year.”

    Press Release | September 19, 2016

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  • Transportation Funding Fact Sheet II

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker provided more information on the history of the state’s gas tax, revenues, and bonding levels in response to questions related to the September 15 release of the Department of Transportation’s 2017-2019 budget proposal.

    “We must be fiscally responsible. The best way to think about the transportation budget is the same way homeowner’s tackle their projects. If you have a home, safety and maintenance are first and foremost. After that, the remodeling projects get reviewed and prioritized and work starts as we can afford them,” said Governor Walker. “That is our focus. Significant investments in local roads and bridges will be the priority. The bottom line is this budget proposal includes greater funding at all levels of local government for roads and bridges, renews our focus on traffic safety and road maintenance, and most importantly, does not increase tax and fees for the good people of Wisconsin.”

    Press Release | September 16, 2016

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