This week, Governor Walker joined fellow Wisconsinites to celebrate Wisconsin’s 170th anniversary of statehood and honor fallen members of the United States Armed Forces for Memorial Day.
The Governor also accompanied First Lady Walker to promote the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care across the state in recognition of Trauma-Informed Care Day on May 22.
The week also included good news for Wisconsin’s schools and taxpayers with $7.8 million in TEACH grants awarded to 252 school districts and an additional $76.4 million invested in bridge projects statewide.
1. Honoring our Nation’s Fallen Heroes
Governor Walker released the following Memorial Day statement honoring those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces:
“Today is a day to remember the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we hold dear today. We honor their lives and their service to our country as we pray for their families and loved ones.”
Governor Walker also issued Executive Order 293 ordering the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon on Memorial Day. A copy of the executive order is attached to this release.
2. Wisconsin: The 30th State in the Union
Today marks Wisconsin’s anniversary of Wisconsin’s statehood. On May 29, 1848, Wisconsin was admitted as the 30th state in the Union.
In a statement, Governor Walker said:
“Today is a day to honor the founders and early residents of the State of Wisconsin which became the 30th state in the Union on May 29, 1848. Voters approved the new state constitution in March 1848 and Wisconsin became a state 170 years ago today. We are proud of our heritage and excited about our future.”
3. Promoting and Implementing Trauma-Informed Care
Governor and First Lady Walker recognized Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Day on May 22 by visiting Treehouse Child and Family Center in Elkhorn and RISE in Madison to hear about the leading role TIC is having in Wisconsin communities. The Governor and First Lady also celebrated Trauma-Informed Care Day by hosting an appreciation lunch at the Executive Residence for organizations, legislators, and communities who utilize TIC to help Wisconsin families.
In a statement, Governor Walker said:
“We need to work together to spread awareness for TIC and recognize those who are already working to incorporate it into our communities. Across our state agencies, community organizations, schools, and everywhere in between we should see TIC because we all have a role to play. Thank you to Tonette for taking the reins and bringing this critical issue to the forefront not only in Wisconsin, but nationwide.”
Later that day, the United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 346, declaring the month of May as National Trauma-Informed Care Month and May 22nd as National Trauma-Informed Care Day.
In response to the news, First Lady Walker stated:
“Declaring May 22nd as National Trauma-Informed Care Day and May as National Trauma-Informed Care Month brings us one step closer to improving the lives of children and families impacted by toxic stress and trauma. Thank you to Senators Johnson and Heitkamp for their leadership in passing this resolution. We are always working to help share the power of TIC and its ability to transform our nation’s health and well-being—the addition of having a specific month and day to collectively raise our voices and increase awareness will give a tremendous boost to our efforts in Wisconsin and all over the world.”
Discussed the importance and value of Trauma-Informed Care in improving outcomes for WI’s children & families with staff from Rock County Human Services at Treehouse Child Wellness Center. By shifting our perspective, we can improve outcomes. #TraumaInformedWI #TICday pic.twitter.com/OFyNQu0drG
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) May 22, 2018
4. Awarding $7.8 Million for Broadband Infrastructure Upgrades to 252 School Districts
Governor Walker visited the Mosinee School District this week to announce 252 school districts in Wisconsin were awarded $7.8 million in Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants. Since the program was created in 2016, the program has awarded more than $13 million in grants.
Since taking office, Governor Walker has made rural access to broadband a priority. TEACH Information Technology Infrastructure Grants and TEACH Teacher Training Grants, as well as the Broadband Forward! Community Certification Program are examples of his commitment to increase broadband access in Wisconsin.
For teacher training, 590 grants to rural schools totaling nearly $4.5 million have been awarded. Each year of grants has allowed district teachers to attend, arrange, and provide training activities to build the information technology knowledge and capacity of teachers.
5. Investing $76.4 Million in Wisconsin Infrastructure
Statewide, 113 bridge projects worth $76 million will be funded for the 2018-2022 Local Bridge Improvement Program cycle. We’ve provided the largest increases in local road and bridge aids in 20 years. #AccountableGov https://t.co/n1KrRayg20
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) May 25, 2018
Wisconsin is investing $76.4 million in 113 bridge projects statewide for the 2018-2022 Local Bridge Improvement Program cycle. Governor Walker’s budget included an increase of $20 million to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s 2018-2019 budget specifically for the local bridge program.
“We are providing the largest increases to local road and bridge aids in 20 years,” said Governor Walker. “The Department of Transportation achieved critical savings for Wisconsin taxpayers and moved up projects. Thanks to these efforts, our dollars will go further, and that means more bridges to connect people across Wisconsin.”
The Local Bridge Program was established to rehabilitate and replace, on a cost-shared basis, the most seriously deteriorating existing local bridges on Wisconsin’s local highway system. The program funds up to 80 percent of the eligible cost of the project.
6. Recognizing 17 Female Business Leaders at 2018 Trailblazer Awards Ceremony
Governor Walker recognized the achievements of Wisconsin’s female business leaders at the 2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
Trailblazer awards recognize the rich legacy of women's business ownership in Wisconsin and highlight the positive impact it has on Wisconsin’s economy. This year, the Trailblazer Awards program has launched the Forward Award – recognizing majority woman-owned businesses with over 100 employees. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, fewer than one-percent of women-owned businesses nationwide have 100 or more employees.
7. Another Example of the Foxconn Effect
Another example of the Foxconn effect: @Aurora_Health & @advocatehealth will build a $250 million campus consisting of a hospital, two clinics and a medical office building in Mount Pleasant near Foxconn’s new campus. #FoxconnBonus https://t.co/WZDaEVE2DW
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) May 24, 2018