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This week, Governor Walker announced $118,205,118 in general transportation aid; thanked servicemen and women for their commitment to the state of Wisconsin; and visited schools across the state to discuss his support of legislation that will increase aid to rural schools.

Additionally, the nation honored Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dairy State celebrated National Milk Day.

1. $118,205,118 for General Transportation Aid

Governor Scott Walker announced today that local governments received quarterly payments this week totaling $118,205,118 for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

In 2018, local governments will receive $40 million more than last year in General Transportation Aids.

General Transportation Aids help defray the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.

2. Commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.

On Monday, January 15th, Governor Walker joined the people of Wisconsin and the nation in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor Walker issued the following statement reflecting on Dr. King’s enduring legacy:

“Today we remember and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who had the courage to stand up for what he believed in and work with passion and purpose for what’s right, despite many obstacles standing in his way. His dedication to freedom, equality, and justice continues to inspire us as Americans every day. We are a stronger and more unified people thanks to Dr. King’s powerful, resonant example.”

3. Encouraging Student Success

Students in Wisconsin are ranked top 10 in the nation for ACT scores and high school graduation rates. A substantial increase in per pupil .funding, helps ensure students all across Wisconsin access to quality education. But we recognize that rural school districts face a unique set of challenges. That’s why Governor Walker continues to support legislation that will provide additional Sparsity Aid and a Low Revenue Ceiling increase for rural schools.

4. Thanking the Individuals Who Serve our State

Governor Walker was honored to participate in the pinning ceremony for Major General Mark E. Anderson of the Wisconsin National Guard and thank him for his service to the people of Wisconsin.

5. National Milk Day

Governor Walker joined the state and nation in celebrating National Milk Day, a very special day for the dairy state!