Press Releases


  • Governor Walker Announces 14,410 FoodShare Members Enter the Workforce

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced new data released by the Department of Health Services (DHS) relating to the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), which shows thousands of FoodShare members participating in the program are gaining employment, with average wages significantly higher than minimum wage. Data shows FSET participants are working more than 30 hours per week.

    “Wisconsin is unique because we made a significant investment in our employment training program for able-bodied adults through the FoodShare program. We recognize that while people want to work, sometimes they need help removing the barriers that prevent them from reaching that goal,” Governor Scott Walker said. “Our job training program offers FoodShare recipients a customized plan to help them enter the workforce, including free educational courses, vocational training, support to bolster their job skills, transportation assistance, and more.”

    Press Release | August 31, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Recognizes State and County Fraud Prevention Efforts

    Eau Claire – Governor Scott Walker held a press conference at the Eau Claire County Government Center today to highlight the strong efforts of state and local agency fraud prevention and investigation staff to protect the integrity of the Medicaid and FoodShare Programs in Wisconsin. DHS provides almost $9 billion in benefits to more than 1.2 million people in Wisconsin annually. As a result of the Governor’s and Legislature’s commitment to program integrity fraud program savings have steadily increased at the state and local level, increasing by 80 percent from 2012 to 2015.

    “Government services, such as FoodShare, are an important safety net for people facing long-term and sometimes short-term challenges who need help,” Governor Walker said. “When people abuse the system, they are taking taxpayer-funded resources and putting the programs at risk for those who truly need them. I commend the workers at the state, county, and local level who have made so much progress detecting, and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse, and protecting the integrity of these important programs.”

    Press Release | August 30, 2016

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  • Governor Walker, Foreign Affairs Secretary Ruiz Massieu Open New Mexican Consulate in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu in a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new Mexican Consulate building in Milwaukee. The ribbon cutting comes after a 2013 letter from Governor Walker to the Mexican government requesting a consulate office in Milwaukee.

    “A few years ago, we requested a consulate office in Milwaukee because Wisconsin’s Hispanic population has risen and the demand for services has grown,” Governor Walker said. “The consulate will be a tremendous asset to Wisconsin and it will strengthen the already strong economic relationship between Wisconsin and Mexico.”

    Press Release | August 30, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Travels Throughout Northwestern Wisconsin for Cabinet on the Road

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and members of his Cabinet are making stops throughout northwestern Wisconsin today as a part of Cabinet on the Road. Today’s events mark the third time the Cabinet has taken to the road this year, with visits in southwestern Wisconsin in March and western Wisconsin in July.

    “In combination with our Listening Sessions, Cabinet on the Road provides us, as state leaders, with the best opportunity to hear directly from the people,” Governor Walker said. “For this Cabinet on the Road in northwestern Wisconsin, we’re working to promote the area as being ‘Open for Business,’ and hear from locals about ways we can continue to support them as they recover from July’s floods.”

    Press Release | August 29, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Issues Emergency Declaration to Assist Three Western Wisconsin Counties Impacted by Heavy Rain and Flooding

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #211 today declaring a State of Emergency in Eau Claire, Buffalo, and Trempealeau Counties. The emergency declaration helps local governments and residents recover from the damages caused by severe storms and flooding, which occurred on August 10-11, 2016.

    Based on the Governor’s Executive Order, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has requested the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) release emergency funds to help with an estimated $1.8 million in damages to Federal-aid highways in three counties.

    Press Release | August 29, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Announces Expanded Access to Naloxone

    Wisconsin Dells – Governor Scott Walker today joined state health officials at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin annual meeting to announce the signing of a statewide naloxone standing order, which allows pharmacists to dispense the medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose without requiring individual prescriptions. 

    Governor Walker signed Wisconsin Act 115 in December of 2015, to allow practitioners to prescribe an opioid antagonist to pharmacies under a standing order. This is the latest of the state’s efforts to combat opioid use, abuse, and overdose, which includes the HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) legislation package.

    “In Wisconsin, and nationwide, we’re seeing lives lost and families shattered by opioid overdoses, whether from heroin or prescription painkillers, in our urban centers and rural areas,” said Governor Walker. “This standing order allows pharmacies the ability to make this life-saving drug more accessible for friends, family and loved ones of those at risk of overdose, and potentially open the door for treatment and recovery.”

    Press Release | August 26, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Announces $4.5 Million Plan to Build Workforce and Rebuild Neighborhoods in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker, joined by state Cabinet officials, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, today announced a joint economic and workforce development effort for the City of Milwaukee which includes an additional $4.5 million state investment. The effort will center on raising awareness of existing programs and providing additional resources for employment and blight-elimination programs.

    “Today’s announcement sends a message to the people of Milwaukee that we are here to help anyone who wants a job, find a job,” Governor Walker said. “At the State, we are going to utilize new methods to market job and health services for people who need them, and we are also going to make a significant investment in worker training. This is all about helping people move from government dependence to true independence through the dignity that comes from work.”

    Press Release | August 26, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Celebrates State Fish, Casts a Line at 40th Annual World Musky Hunt

    Lake Tomahawk – Governor Scott Walker will join more than 70 people in Lake Tomahawk tomorrow for the 40th Annual World Musky Hunt. Contestants will fish with selected guides on the Lake Tomahawk chain of lakes from Thursday, August 25 – Saturday, August 27, 2016.

    “What originated as an opportunity to highlight our state fish – the muskellunge, or musky – has grown over the years to become a first-class competition drawing fishers from across the nation,” Governor Walker said. “This is a great tourism event which puts Wisconsin on the map as the go-to destination for fishing.”

    Press Release | August 25, 2016

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  • Governor Walker, Direct Supply Officials Announce Company’s Commitment to Expand its Global Headquarters in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee – Governor Scott Walker joined Direct Supply Inc. officials today to formally unveil the company’s plan to expand its global headquarters in Milwaukee – a major campus center project expected to create more than 800 jobs over the next seven years.

    “For more than 30 years, Direct Supply has demonstrated its commitment to Wisconsin and Milwaukee, and the company has grown from a small operation to one with more than 1,100 employees in a 10-building campus and is a leader in its industry,” Governor Walker said. “I applaud this employee-owned company for moving forward with an expansion plan that will provide hundreds of family supporting jobs for the residents of Milwaukee as well as the entire region.”

    Press Release | August 25, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights State Efforts to Improve Highway Safety

    Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker provided a keynote address today at the 42nd Annual Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety.

    The theme for the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety is “Driving Fatalities Toward Zero,” which  demonstrates the state’s commitment to highway safety and encourages citizens to work together to reach the goal of zero preventable deaths on Wisconsin roads. During his remarks, Governor Walker highlighted measures that have helped decrease preventable fatalities across Wisconsin.

    “Our theme for this year’s Conference on Highway Safety emphasizes our bottom line, which is getting the number of driving deaths in Wisconsin down to zero,” Governor Walker said. “To make this goal a reality, we must work together and ensure we’re doing everything we can to eliminate fatalities on the road. The conference today provides a forum for ideas on how we can strengthen safety measures moving forward.”

    Press Release | August 24, 2016

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