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Governor Walker proclaimed June as Dairy Month throughout the State of Wisconsin. America’s Dairyland produced more than 30 billion pounds of milk and a record 3.37 billion pounds of cheese in 2017 which gives Wisconsinites billions of reasons to celebrate National Cheese on June 4th!

The Governor also announced nearly $700 million in Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax savings since 2013, as Wisconsin's UI Trust Fund reached a positive balance surpassing $1.65 billion in May. The total represents a near-reversal from the fund's lowest point of $1.68 billion in the red several years ago. All of this comes on top of the more than $8 billion in cumulative tax relief that Wisconsin citizens have experienced since Governor Walker took office.


1. June Dairy Month in America’s Dairyland

“We are proud to be America’s Dairyland. Our state produces the best milk and cheese in the world, and thanks to our hardworking farm families, dairy processors, and agribusinesses Wisconsin produced 30.32 billion pounds of milk and a record 3.37 billion pounds of cheese last year. This industry is more than a part of our economy, it’s a part of our state’s history, our culture, and our future. I cannot wait to visit with families at farm breakfasts all around Wisconsin this month.” – Governor Scott Walker

Governor Walker proclaimed June as Dairy Month throughout the State of Wisconsin. The state’s dairy industry as a whole contributes $43.4 billion annually to our state’s economy, with $3.5 billion in exports in agricultural products. Wisconsin’s dairy industry is truly unique based on the huge role it plays in our state’s economy—in comparison, Florida’s citrus industry makes up $9 billion of their state’s economy and Idaho’s potatoes industry makes up $6.7 billion. With cheese consumption at an all-time high in the United States, it makes this industry even more important. Wisconsin’s dairy industry employs 78,900 people in the state.

Additionally, Governor Walker celebrates National Cheese Day in America’s Dairyland.


2. Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Surpasses $1.65 Billion

Governor Walker announced that Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund reached a positive balance surpassing $1.65 billion in May, representing a near-reversal from the fund's lowest point of $1.68 billion in the red several years ago. This follows the March release of the UI Fraud Report, which showed the percent of UI benefits obtained fraudulently declined by 42 percent while total benefit payments declined by 11 percent when comparing 2017 to 2016. The UI Trust Fund is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and is solely used to pay UI benefits to eligible workers and completely financed by Wisconsin employers that are covered under the program.


3. Tax Relief in Wisconsin

Since taking office, we have enacted more than $8 billion in cumulative tax relief. As a result, property and income taxes are lower today than they were in 2010. The overall state and local tax burden in Wisconsin, once one of the highest in the country, is now below the national average. And based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, it’s the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years.

Governor Walker is committed to lasting tax relief so people like Betsy can afford to say in their homes and purchase goods for their themselves and their families. That’s why we completely eliminated the state portion of your property tax bill.