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It was a busy week for Governor Walker, as he signed 11 foster care, two opioid, and 64 additional bills into law this week. He also expressed support for President Donald Trump’s call to protect the Southern border with National Guard troops and highlighted Wisconsin’s booming economy.

First Lady Walker hosted a delegation from Oslo, Norway, which traveled the state to learn how Wisconsin became a leader in promoting and implementing Trauma-Informed Care.

1. Foster Care Bill Signing

Governor Walker signed an 11-bill package last week to improve outcomes for children in Wisconsin’s foster care system. The legislation was written by Representatives Patrick Snyder (R – Schofield) and Steve Doyle (D – Onalaska), co-chairs of the 2017 Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care.

In a statement, Governor Walker said:

“More than 7,000 children in Wisconsin have been placed in out-of-home care because of neglect or abuse as of 2015. We want to make sure we’re doing what we can to improve the system so we can achieve better outcomes for these young people, and these bills do that,” Governor Walker said. “I thank Representative Pat Snyder and Representative Steve Doyle for their work on these bills, which all received strong bipartisan support. Together, we are moving Wisconsin forward.”

2. Combating the Opioid Crisis with Bipartisan Legislation

Governor Walker also signed Assembly Bills 906 and 907 into law at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. The bills require school boards to provide instruction on drug awareness and prevention, develop training resources for social service workers and medical students, create drug trafficking response grant programs for law enforcement agencies, and deliver and implement abuse prevention services to at-risk youth. These are the 29th and 30th bills signed into law by Governor Walker addressing the opioid crisis.

3. Governor Walker Signs 64 Bills into Law

Finally, Governor Walker signed an additional 64 bills into law at the Wisconsin State Capitol. These bills included improving family access to high-quality child care, creating a transitional jobs program at the Department of Workforce Development for our veterans, increasing funding for watershed protection grants, and more.

4. Governor Walker Welcomes POTUS’ Plan to Secure America’s Southern Border

Governor Walker expressed support for President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions to secure America’s southern border, saying:

“Let me be clear: the southern border of the United States of America is not secure. One of the most fundamental responsibilities of our federal government is to protect our borders and shores. Sadly, through several administrations, the federal government has failed in this fundamental responsibility…

As Governor, I want to ensure the safety of all of our citizens, and I want to reduce access to illegal drugs as part of a comprehensive strategy in dealing with opioid and illegal drug addiction,” Governor Walker continued. “Therefore, I welcome President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions to secure our nation’s southern border.”

He also noted past presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, have a history of deploying the National Guard to our country’s southern border to help fight those bringing illegal drugs into America.

5. Wisconsin Is a National Leader in Trauma-Informed Care: Norway Delegation Visits to Learn More

First Lady Walker with a delegation from Oslo, Norway discussed Wisconsin’s leading role in practicing and implementing Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). The group visited the Waupaca County Health and Human Services Department, the Menominee Tribal Keshena School, and the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee.

In a statement, Mrs. Walker noted:

“No matter where you live—Norway or Wisconsin—you have a role to play with Trauma-Informed Care, which can positively shape life outcomes. Wisconsin has been a leader incorporating Trauma-Informed Care and the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) into policy and practice. The Menominee Nation, Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Sojourner Family Peace Center are just three of the leaders creating lasting change for Wisconsin’s children and families through Trauma-Informed Care.”

6. Best Wisconsin Economy in 20 Years

Another business is expanding in Wisconsin! Mercury Maine is investing $10 million to expand its Fond du Lac location.

Business Insider ranked Wisconsin’s economy as the best in the Midwest and 12th in the nation. This ranking comes on the heels of Wisconsin Chief Economist John Koskinen saying it’s the best Wisconsin economy in 20 years!

It’s no wonder Wisconsin’s economy is booming! Our conservative, pro-business reforms are attracting workers and businesses to move to Wisconsin. The future looks bright!

7. Showing Support For National Crime Victims Week

Governor and First Lady Walker lit the Residence purple to honor crime victims and their rights during National Crime Victims Right Week.