Press Releases


  • Governor Scott Walker Attends Summit of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Experts

    Racine – Governor Scott Walker delivered remarks today to industry executives, workforce, and education experts and apprenticeship policy makers who gathered for the Wisconsin Apprenticeship Summit being held this week at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.

    "For more than 100 years, Wisconsin's Registered Apprenticeship program has helped employers meet their need for well-trained workers," Governor Walker said.   “Our 2015-17 State Budget proposal includes continued support for workforce readiness programs, like apprenticeship, because we believe in proven practices that help more people secure family-supporting jobs."

    Press Release | January 28, 2015

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  • Growing the Economy: Governor Scott Walker Announces “Pay Their Way” Plan for Milwaukee Bucks Arena

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced a first-of-its-kind “Pay Their Way” plan to grow the economy and protect state taxpayers from the loss of current and future tax revenue generated by the Milwaukee Bucks.

    “This solution allows for the state to make an investment in economic development in Milwaukee, while protecting Wisconsin taxpayers from risk,” Governor Walker said.  “This ‘Pay Their Way’ plan will help to turn a great potential loss in revenue into the potential for great gain.”

    Press Release | January 27, 2015

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  • Transforming Education: Governor Scott Walker Announces Plan for Tuition Freeze, Autonomy for UW System

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced plans to give the UW System full flexibility of its use of state resources, while maintaining college affordability with another two-year tuition freeze.  In exchange for the added flexibility, state taxpayers will realize $150 million in savings annually.

    “Reforming the partnership between the state and the UW System will save money and allow the UW System the flexibility to better serve those seeking higher education,” Governor Walker said.  “The people of Wisconsin deserve a government that is more effective, more efficient, and more accountable, and this plan protects the taxpayers and allows for a stronger UW System in the future.”

    Press Release | January 27, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Delivers Remarks at 2015 State Education Convention

    Milwaukee – Today, Governor Scott Walker addressed teachers, administrators, and school board members at the 2015 Wisconsin Education Convention in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Association of School Boards organized the annual convention.

    “In the past four years third grade reading scores rose along with overall graduation rates and Wisconsin now ranks 2nd in the nation in ACT scores,” Governor Walker said.  “We empowered local schools to keep the best and brightest teachers in their classrooms and the results speak for themselves.  I want these trends to continue and am committed to improving the quality of education for all children in Wisconsin.”

    Press Release | January 23, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Non-Concurrence with Bureau of Indian Affairs on Kenosha Casino

    Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker informed the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at the Department of Interior (DOI) of his non-concurrence with their determination on the proposed casino project.

    “After a comprehensive review of the potential economic impact of the proposed Kenosha casino project, the risk to the state’s taxpayers is too great,” said Governor Walker.  “Due to the compacts negotiated by Governor Doyle, the current cost to taxpayers of approving the proposed casino project is up to $100 million and the long-term economic hit to the state budget would be a potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    Press Release | January 23, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Workforce Readiness Plan

    De Pere/Mosinee – Governor Scott Walker today is making stops at Wel Companies in De Pere, and Sulzer Machine & Manufacturing, Inc. in Mosinee, to talk about the investments in workforce readiness included in the 2015-17 State Budget proposal.

    “We know employers in Wisconsin have jobs available, but they don’t have enough qualified employees to fill those positions,” Governor Walker said.  “With this budget, we are addressing some of the barriers keeping people from achieving true freedom and prosperity and the independence that comes with having a good job and doing it well.”

    Press Release | January 22, 2015

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  • Governor Walker to Lead Trade Mission to United Kingdom

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker will lead a trade mission of economic development officials to London in February as part of the state’s efforts to encourage companies in the United Kingdom to invest in Wisconsin.  Governor Walker made the announcement today at a meeting of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

     

    Press Release | January 21, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker was joined by community and state leaders, as well as citizens of Wisconsin in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, celebrating his life and the lasting impact of his peaceful and courageous actions.

    Press Release | January 19, 2015

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  • Governor Walker Attends 52nd Annual AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby

    Eagle River – Governor Scott Walker today made a stop at the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, the “Snowmobile Capital of the World.”

    “Wisconsin is a top destination for snowmobiling, a vital part of the state’s tourism industry,” Governor Walker said.  “The AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby is the world’s premiere snowmobile racing event, and a great draw for northern Wisconsin in the winter, attracting drivers and spectators from all over the U.S. and Canada.”

    Press Release | January 17, 2015

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  • Governor Scott Walker Announces Grants for Veteran Service Providers

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced $250,000 in grants to 25 non-profit organizations providing financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families. The grants are administered by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).

    “The great state of Wisconsin, and indeed our nation, is founded upon ideals of freedom and tolerance,” Governor Walker said.  “These ideals are a reality thanks to the selflessness and personal sacrifice of our active service men and women, and our veterans.  While there are no words to adequately express our profound gratitude for their service, I am happy to announce today that our grants will aid Wisconsin’s veterans and their families.”

    Press Release | January 15, 2015

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