Warrens – Governor Scott Walker today toured the cranberry bogs at Russell Rezin & Son Cranberry Marsh, a fifth generation family farm in Warrens, the “Cranberry Capital of Wisconsin.” The Warrens Cranberry Festival always runs the last full weekend of September, and is the world’s largest and oldest cranberry festival.
“What better way to kick off this weekend-long celebration of all-things cranberry, then to get down into the marsh and see what it takes to grow and harvest one of the world’s healthiest foods,” Governor Walker said. “I drink cranberry juice daily, so it’s fascinating to hear from the experts in the cranberry industry, who make us the number one cranberry producer in the nation. Our investments in agriculture allow all of our cranberry farmers to help grow a stronger economy, and a healthier community.”
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Columbus – Today, Governor Scott Walker attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at Fromm Family Foods to celebrate the expansion at the company’s Columbus location, which has created 75 new jobs over the past three and a half years.
“Fromm Family Foods is a great Wisconsin success story, built on innovation, motivation, and hard work,” Governor Walker said. “This fifth-generation, family-owned company is a leader in the industry of premium pet food producers. Their multi-million dollar investment means more jobs and a big boost to the local economy. Companies like this are the fuel allowing us to keep moving Wisconsin forward.”
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Governor Scott Walker Issues Proclamation Kicking Off Year-Long Celebration of PGA Championship’s Return to Wisconsin
Madison – Governor Scott Walker has issued a proclamation kicking off the official start of a year-long celebration of golf in Wisconsin in advance of the 2015 PGA Championship, which will be held August 10-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler. The theme of the celebration is “Teeing It Up with the PGA Championship.”
“The PGA Championship is a prestigious event that draws the top golfers in the world – and their fans – to our great state,” Governor Walker said. “We are honored the PGA of America has once again chosen a world-class venue, Whistling Straits, to host this event. We look forward to showcasing all of the wonderful things Wisconsin has to offer.”
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Madison–Governor Scott Walker today announced the appointment of former Outagamie County District Attorney Vincent Biskupic to fill the vacancy left by The Honorable Dee R. Dyer.
“Vincent Biskupic is an accomplished attorney with a broad spectrum of experience,” said Governor Walker. “I am confident his intellect, work ethic, and strong commitment to the rule of law will enable him to serve the people of Outagamie County well.”
Madison–Governor Scott Walker today announced the appointment of Josann Reynolds to the Dane County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Maryann Sumi.
“I am pleased to appoint Josann Reynolds to the circuit court bench. She has extensive experience in the private sector, both as an attorney and as a business owner,” said Governor Walker. “It is the job of a circuit court judge to apply the law carefully and impartially in a wide variety of cases, and Josann Reynolds’ broad experience, extensive knowledge, and commitment to the rule of law will serve her well in this role.”
Madison – Governor Scott Walker proclaimed today POW-MIA Recognition Day, and released the following statement:
Today, we remember the great sacrifices made by our American servicemen and women taken as prisoners of war, and of those who have gone missing in action. We enjoy our freedoms because of the bravery and courage displayed by all of our troops, who pledge to defend this country against harm, in spite of the great and many risks. We honor all who have served, and their loved ones, as we pray for the safe return of all of our troops.
Madison – Today, the UW-Extension released its report on the Economic Impact of Wisconsin Agriculture, based on the 2012 USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) Agriculture Census. According to the report, agriculture has a $88.3 billion impact on the state’s economy, up from $59 billion, an increase of 49.3 percent.
“These economic impact numbers confirm what we’ve known all along - Wisconsin’s economy is growing and heading in the right direction, and our agriculture industry plays a major role in that development,” Governor Walker said. “The fact that agriculture nearly doubled its impact on the state’s economy is not only a tribute to the hard working farmers who produce a quality product, but to the broad span of businesses owners and employees who process, package and market those products here at home and abroad. Opportunities for continued growth in the future are endless when we create the right business environment that allows agriculture and other sectors to flourish. To maintain our presence as an international leader in agriculture development and innovation, we will continue our work to fuel the industry, as we have done by putting in place the agriculture tax credit, so that our farmers and processors can continue to grow, develop, and produce some of the greatest products in the world.”
Madison—Today, Governor Scott Walker started accepting applications for artists to plan the décor for Wisconsin’s 2014 National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. Each year, a professional artist is selected to work with a youth arts class/program to create ornaments, which will be displayed on Wisconsin’s National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.
“This year, we’re inviting artists and youth groups to submit applications and designs promoting our great state,” Governor Walker said. “I’m excited to see great representations of Wisconsin again on our National Christmas Tree.”
ICYMI: Unemployment Reforms, Economic Recovery Translate to Real Savings for Wisconsin Small Business
Madison – Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development this week announced a return to a positive balance of the Trust Fund will result in a decreased rate for employers. A typical small business with 40 employees who earn $7,000 or more will save more than $2,500 in taxes for 2014. This will result in a decrease in UI taxes by an estimated $143 million for employers.
A Better Bottom Line: Governor Scott Walker Honors Participants at Best Buddies 25th Anniversary Leadership Breakfast
Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker today attended the 8th Annual Leadership Breakfast of Best Buddies Wisconsin, which is celebrated in concurrence with the 25th Anniversary of Best Buddies International. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with disabilities.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to attend this inspiring event this year,” Governor Walker said. “Best Buddies has an impact on more than 16,000 students and family members in Wisconsin every year. In addition to formal programs offered by Best Buddies, they also put on events such as this Leadership Breakfast, as well as Best Buddies Friendship Walks. These programs and events help to transform lives, and those who participate or volunteer value inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities.”