Madison – Governor Scott Walker has requested a federal disaster declaration for local government costs associated with the record severe winter weather of 2013-14. The counties in the declaration request are Chippewa, Clark, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Marathon, Milwaukee, Winnebago, and Wood. This declaration would help pay for $11.3 million in damage to public infrastructure in those counties. Examples of damage include broken water mains and frozen water towers due to the extreme cold and record setting frost depths.
“The devastating cold overwhelmed many of our towns, villages, cities, and counties,” Governor Walker said. “This declaration would help many municipalities pay for these unexpected damages.”
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Governor Scott Walker Joins Nation’s Governors in Calling on President Barack Obama to Address Unaccompanied Minors Journeying Across the United States Border
Madison – Following a meeting with a bipartisan group of governors and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting, Governor Scott Walker lead a letter with five other governors, including Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and Utah Governor Gary Herbert, to President Barack Obama urging him to quickly address the growing number of unaccompanied minors traveling into the United States.
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Madison – Governor Scott Walker is proud to announce the appointment of longtime prosecutor Christopher Dee to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, replacing Judge Karen E. Christenson in Branch 37.
“Christopher Dee brings a wealth of experience to the Milwaukee County bench and is widely respected by his peers and community leaders. I am confident he will be an excellent judge who upholds the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Governor Walker.
Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced the appointment of Thomas M. Hruz to serve as an appellate judge on the District III Court of Appeals. He will be replacing retiring Judge Mark Mangerson.
“From his prestigious clerkships on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, to his position as recent chair of the State Bar Appellate Practice Section, Tom Hruz is an ideal choice for the appellate bench. I am confident his experience, intellect, and firm commitment to the rule of law will enable him to serve the people of Wisconsin well,” said Governor Walker.
ICYMI: Wisconsin State Journal: State CEOs more apt to hire, more optimistic about growth in second half of year
Madison – A Wisconsin State Journal story published online on July 20, 2014, is titled, “State CEOs more apt to hire, more optimistic about growth in second half of year.” The story offers a summary of the latest survey of employers by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC):
Wisconsin business leaders were a bit more willing to hire in the second half of this year, as fewer reported trouble finding skilled employees and more predicted moderate growth in Wisconsin’s economy over the next six months, according to new survey results from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce…
…In addition, 96 percent of CEOs said the state was headed in the right direction, and 90 percent said state government was at least somewhat pro-business. That was one percentage point higher than how CEOs responded to each question in January.
La Crosse – Governor Scott Walker today announced the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will construct a new rest area along Interstate 90 near the state border in La Crosse to replace an aging facility.
“La Crosse continues to be a major area where visitors cross into Wisconsin, and their first impression is often lasting. This new rest area and space for the Convention and Visitors Bureau will allow us to put our best foot forward and give visitors the welcome they deserve,” Governor Walker said.
Blueprint for Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker Announces $1.2 Million Grant to Train Almost 200 Workers at Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire – Governor Scott Walker today announced an award of more than $1.2 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) to train up to 196 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train more than 4,900 workers for jobs employers need to fill.
“Businesses around the state have jobs available, right now, but not enough skilled workers to fill them," Governor Walker said. "These grants, available through our Wisconsin Fast Forward program, will help ensure Wisconsin’s workforce remains competitive and on the cutting-edge, and will help more Wisconsinites go back to work.”
Blueprint for Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker Announces $2.3 Million Grant to Train 160 Workers at Northcentral Technical College
Wausau – Governor Scott Walker today announced the award of nearly $2.3 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Northcentral Technical College (NTC) to train up to 163 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train more than 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill.
“As Wisconsin's economy continues to improve, and our unemployment rate reaches its lowest point since 2008, businesses need skilled workers to fill in-demand positions as they expand," Governor Walker said. "The Wisconsin Fast Forward program makes targeted investments in worker training that will develop the highly skilled, dependable, and talented workforce Wisconsin is known for.”
Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Annual Department Conventions
Appleton – Governor Scott Walker today delivered remarks at the 96th annual American Legion Department Convention and the 94th annual American Legion Auxiliary Department Convention.
“The members of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are dedicated to service within their communities and are a constant advocate for veterans, members of our Armed Forces, and their families,” Governor Walker said. “Many thanks to the members of both organizations for their hard work and countless volunteer hours, which make so many programs possible.”
Blueprint for Prosperity: Governor Scott Walker Announces Madison College to Receive $5 Million to Train 900+ Workers
Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced the award of more than $5 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Madison College to train up to 934 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of a $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill. The award to Madison College is the largest of all of Wisconsin’s 16 technical schools.
“This grant allows Madison College to train even more students for careers in high-demand fields including manufacturing, construction, and nursing,” Governor Walker said. “This direct investment offers a pathway to prosperity for hundreds of people, and helps build a better economy.”