Stevens Point – Governor Scott Walker joined several dignitaries today at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Chemistry Biology Building on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus.
“The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a real asset for our state,” said Governor Walker. “More UW-Stevens Point graduates completed research doctorates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields in the last ten years than all other UW System schools except for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”
Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined community and spiritual leaders today at the Italian Conference Center for the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast coincides with the National Day of Prayer, which is held annually on the first Thursday of May. The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast brings followers of different faiths and denominations together for a morning of prayer and reflection.
“Every year, the National Day of Prayer unites people throughout our nation of different faiths and religions for a day driven by the power of prayer,” Governor Walker said. “The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast allows us to celebrate our freedom to worship in Wisconsin and pray for peace and justice.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker proclaimed today, May 5th, as Children’s Mental Health Awareness day throughout Wisconsin. His $30 million investment in the state’s mental health system in the last two years has enabled the Department of Health Services (DHS) to provide funding to 66 counties and 11 federally-recognized tribal nations in Wisconsin to develop and implement a comprehensive, community-based system of services and support for children and youth, known as Coordinated Services Teams Initiatives.
“We recognize the mental health of Wisconsin’s children and youth is just as important as their physical health,” Governor Walker said. “Our investment in mental health services across the state provides comprehensive care and support for our children and allows mental health concerns to be addressed early. By tailoring mental health services to meet each individual’s needs we’re able to get the state’s children the help they need, potentially preventing these issues from developing further.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker recently approved an emergency rule submitted by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), which requires certain Wisconsin citizens receiving unemployment insurance (UI) to pass a drug test.
“This new rule brings us one step closer to moving Wisconsinites from government dependence to true independence,” Governor Walker said. “We frequently hear from employers that they have good paying jobs, but they need their workers to be drug-free. This rule is a common-sense reform which strengthens our workforce by helping people find and keep a family supporting job.”
West Allis – Governor Scott Walker met with members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers today to discuss ways Wisconsin can continue to strengthen its manufacturing industry.
"Manufacturing is a crucial industry in Wisconsin by contributing to our economic well-being and serving as a major employer throughout the state," Governor Walker said. "It was great to meet with members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and hear from them about what it takes to keep manufacturing strong. As we look for new ways to strengthen manufacturing, one of the most important things we can do is connect employers with skilled workers. That is why we will continue to invest in programs to provide our students with the practical skills they need to meet the ever-growing demand for quality workers in the manufacturing sector."
Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation declaring today, May 4th, as “State Employee Recognition Day.”
“One of the top priorities of our administration is providing effective and efficient government services to Wisconsin’s taxpayers,” Governor Walker said. “This effort to move Wisconsin Forward cannot be accomplished without the hard work and dedication of Wisconsin state employees. These talented individuals provide valuable services and support the everyday running of our state. Today, and every day, we thank them for their service to the public.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the first recipients of the Wisconsin’s Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program. This investment has the ability to fund new fabrication laboratory facilities, providing Wisconsin’s children with valuable job training and bringing them into the 21st Century’s global economy.
“Guaranteeing our students have the skills necessary to compete in our rapidly growing, technology-driven world is critical to our economy,” Governor Walker said. “Fab Labs provide hands-on learning to the next generation of workers to provide our students with the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs. This ensures everyone who wants a job in Wisconsin can find a job.”
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Madison – Governor Scott Walker is traveling throughout the state today to announce Wisconsin’s tourism economy topped $19.3 billion in 2015, a nearly $1 billion boost from $18.5 billion in 2014. The announcement kicks off this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs May 1-7. Governor Walker is joined by Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett in visiting MillerCoors in Milwaukee, the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail in Kendall, the Mobile Marketing Center in Eau Claire, and Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay.
“Tourism has long been a significant contributor to Wisconsin’s economy, and this year is no different,” Governor Walker said. “Investing in tourism promotion and marketing at the national, state, and local level is not only an effective way to attract visitors and grow the economy, it also enhances the image of the state as a place to live and do business. With over 10,000 inland lakes and numerous other tourist destinations, like classic Wisconsin supper clubs, it’s no wonder Wisconsin is a leading tourist destination for people across the nation.”
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Appleton – Governor Scott Walker joined students, teachers, and staff at Appleton West High School today to tour the school branch of the Community First Credit Union and discuss the importance of financial responsibility. This visit coincides with Money Smart Week® and Governor Walker has proclaimed the week of April 23-30 as Money Smart Week® throughout Wisconsin.
“It is important we start early in teaching our kids how to responsibly manage their money,” Governor Walker said. “Managing personal finances effectively can go a long way toward creating economic security. We’re happy to be in Appleton to highlight the efforts being made to provide Wisconsin’s youth with money management skills. This creates a strong foundation for fiscal responsibility throughout the rest of their lives.”
Press Release | April 28, 2016Read More
Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today regarding the retirement of Justice David T. Prosser, Jr.:
Justice Prosser has faithfully served the state of Wisconsin for decades. Throughout his almost 18 years of service on the state Supreme Court, he demonstrated his love for the law and commitment to Wisconsin’s citizens. His service to Wisconsinites extended beyond the bench, including his time as a member and leader of Wisconsin’s State Assembly as well as a Commissioner on the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission. It was a pleasure to serve with Justice Prosser in the Assembly and we thank him for his service to the state of Wisconsin and its citizens.
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