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Governor Walker sent letters to government leaders in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to pass meaningful tax reform to create jobs, spur economic growth, and cut taxes for average Americans.

In addition, he approved a plan this week to institute drug screening for able-bodied adult participants in the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, in order to remove barriers to quality, family-supporting jobs.

After announcing his new Workforce Agenda last week, Governor Walker discussed the initiatives with business owners and officials at the annual New North Summit, while also speaking on Foxconn’s positive impact and its future network of Wisconsin suppliers.

He also paid tribute to our nation’s veterans in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day and signed three bills into law making it easier for veterans and service members to get the resources and education they need to pursue their passions and succeed.

1. Governor Walker Sends Several Letters to Washington

Governor Walker and 20 additional governors from across the United States sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to pass meaningful tax reform legislation.

He also sent a letter to the two leaders of Congress calling for the reauthorization of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to help children in Wisconsin and across the country maintain access to care.

2. Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Approving Drug Screening Plan for Able-Bodied Adults

Governor Walker approved a plan to implement drug screening for able-bodied adults participating in the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, sending the rule change measure to the State Legislature for review. The rule is part of the policy amendments included in 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, and supports Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to help people move from government dependence to true independence.

Governor Walker noted:

A key component of Wisconsin’s Workforce Agenda, which we unveiled last week, is removing barriers to employment. Employers have jobs available, but they need skilled workers who can pass a drug test.  This rule change means people battling substance use disorders will be able to get the help they need to get healthy, and get back into the workforce.

3. Remembering Pearl Harbor

Governor Scott Walker attended memorial ceremonies on December 7 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King and Chippewa Falls to pay tribute to veterans and commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was joined by one Pearl Harbor survivor, King Veterans Home resident Chuck Davis of the United States Navy.

Flags of the United States and the State of Wisconsin were ordered (EO #266) to be flown at half-staff to commemorate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and the American service members who lost their lives in that tragic attack.

4. Continuing to Build Wisconsin’s Supply Chain

At the 11th annual New North Summit in Green Bay, Governor Walker delivered an update on the state’s economy, highlighted the New North’s Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace, and discussed his new workforce development plan.

The Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace, operated by New North, is an online resource which provides companies with a convenient avenue to find Wisconsin suppliers in a simple to use system that delivers results and supplier solutions. Similarly, the Marketplace offers suppliers a dynamic platform to get their information out to a broader customer base.

5. Supporting Wisconsin Veterans

Already, Wisconsin is the best state for veterans, offering 23 out of 26 veteran benefits. But we aren’t done yet!

Governor Walker signed three bills into law relating to veterans and active duty service members at Applied Fab & Machining, a certified “Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business” in Wausau on Wednesday. The bills increase support for veteran farmers, disabled veteran business owners, and tuition grants for National Guard members.

In a statement, Governor Walker stated:

The proven skills, dedication, and work ethic of our veterans and service members illustrate their key role in keeping Wisconsin’s workforce strong and successful. These new bipartisan bills make it easier for veterans to access the resources they need to excel in education, business, and farming so they can pursue their passions and keep moving Wisconsin forward.