Press Releases

  • Thanksgiving Day: A Video Message from Governor Scott Walker

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following video message today, wishing the citizens of Wisconsin safe travels and an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

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    A full transcript is below:

    Press Release | November 26, 2014

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  • Governor Scott Walker Joins Tourism Industry in Support of Wisconsin’s “Big Bundle Up” Campaign

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s tourism industry are working to keep thousands of residents a little warmer this winter with The Big Bundle Up campaign.  For the fourth year, under the state-wide charity initiative, people are encouraged to donate new and gently used gloves, hats, scarves, coats, and other winter gear for those in need.  Over the last three years, Wisconsin residents, travelers and businesses contributed more than 32,000 winter items donated to charities all across the state.

    “From the kindness of organizations who have stepped up to serve as collection sites, to the generosity of individuals and businesses that donate, this program has been a real success,” said Governor Scott Walker.  “We can’t thank the tourism industry members enough for their participation and the people of Wisconsin for choosing to donate to this great cause.” 

    Press Release | November 25, 2014

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  • Wisconsin Tops Nation in Wood Furniture Manufacturing Employment

    Madison – Wisconsin’s high quality hardwoods, beautiful pines and skilled workforce helped the state secure the top ranking nationwide in wood furniture manufacturing employment.

    While other states saw wood furniture industry employment decline, Wisconsin manufacturers increased employment slightly, to 4,144 in 2013, up from 4,040 in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly census of employment and wages. The employment category covers non-upholstered wood furniture.

    Press Release | November 21, 2014

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  • Governor Scott Walker Proclaims Adoption Month

    Madison –Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed November as Adoption Month and Saturday, November 22, 2014 will be celebrated as National Adoption Day.

    “My heartfelt thanks go out to all the families who provide good, stable, and loving homes to their adopted children,” said Governor Walker.  “As we prepare for Thanksgiving and consider what we’re thankful for this year, it is important to take a moment and remember how blessed we are for all of the loved ones in our lives.”

    Press Release | November 21, 2014

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  • Executive Residence 2014 Holiday Tour Schedule Announced

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker’s office announced the 2014 holiday tour schedule for the Executive Residence.  These tours allow visitors to experience first-hand the beautiful decorations and scenery, including views of the main rooms on the first floor, which feature Christmas trees with unique decorations that have been crafted by Wisconsinites throughout the state.

    “The Executive Residence belongs to the people of Wisconsin, and we are happy to open the doors to those who want to see just how beautiful it is during the holiday season.” Governor Walker said.  

    Press Release | November 21, 2014

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  • Moody’s: Wisconsin’s Outlook is Positive

    Madison–Today, Moody's Investors Service announced it was changing the State of Wisconsin’s bond rating outlook to positive. Prior to today’s report, Moody’s outlook for Wisconsin was stable. 

    “The independent analysis released today by Moody’s shows that our strong fiscal management has put Wisconsin on a positive path,” said Governor Scott Walker.  “The tough decisions we made in the past have allowed us to look forward at new, innovative ways to cut taxes, grow our economy, and help the private sector create jobs.” 

    According to Moody’s report:

    Press Release | November 20, 2014

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  • Transforming Education: Read to Lead Development Council Seeks Grant Applicants

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers announced the Read to Lead Development Council is seeking applicants for Read to Lead Development Fund grants. The grants are aimed at improving literacy and early childhood development. This will be the second year the council reviews applications.

    “Our Read to Lead initiative is a priority because it is imperative that we offer all children the greatest opportunities to succeed in life, Governor Walker said.  “We know that children who are not skilled readers by the time they reach fourth grade, will face greater challenges in their other studies.  These grants are awarded to groups and organizations that will help improve literacy, and therefore eliminate those challenges, and pave the way for a brighter future.” 

    Press Release | November 20, 2014

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  • Governor Scott Walker Proclaims Education Week

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker proclaimed the week of November 17–21 as Education Week.

    “Our appreciation to parents, educators, and administrators extends far beyond Education Week,” said Governor Walker.  “They work hard each and every day to ensure that all Wisconsin students, regardless of zipcode, have access to a great education.  I am thankful for their dedication to our students and schools.”

    Press Release | November 19, 2014

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  • Forbes Ranks Wisconsin Best in Midwest for Future Economic Growth

    Madison – Wisconsin outranks all other Midwest states when it comes to projected economic growth over the next five years, according to Forbes magazine’s new business climate rankings.

    “Forbes’ positive rankings for Wisconsin confirm that not only is our economy getting stronger every day, but that the prospects for future economic growth here are significantly improving,” said Governor Scott Walker.  “This is another indication the pro-business policies that we put into place are working, and the future is bright for all Wisconsin workers.”

    Press Release | November 18, 2014

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  • Governor Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker Take Selfies for Diabetes Awareness Month

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker each took a selfie today as part of Project Blue November, a social media initiative to promote Diabetes Awareness Month.  They will also light the Executive Residence blue tonight as part of Project Blue November, a program raising awareness about Type 1 diabetes.

    “We’re proud to support initiatives bringing awareness to the struggles caused by diabetes,” said Governor Walker.  “Our selfies, as well as lighting the Executive Residence blue tonight, are a great way to highlight the work being done to combat diabetes, a disease that personally impacts our lives, as well as the lives of millions across the nation.” 

    Press Release | November 14, 2014

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