We are moving Wisconsin Forward.
1. Wisconsin Recognized as a Leader in Long-Term Care
A national leader in long-term care, Wisconsin was awarded the inaugural Pacesetter Prize by The SCAN Foundation for its innovative practices in long-term care services. This includes our statewide expansion of Family Care and IRIS, which allow people to self-direct their care and work and live as independently as they are able.
Once fully implemented, every county in Wisconsin will have access to community-based, long-term care services and 77,000 people will be served.
It’s one more way we’re moving Wisconsin forward.
2. Governor Walker Welcomed Students Back to School, Highlighted Historic $639 Million Investment in Education
Governor Walker joined State Superintendent Tony Evers, teachers, and members of the Milwaukee Public School District in welcoming students to their first day of school at Walt Whitman School in Milwaukee.
In a press release related to the event, Governor Walker said “We believe every child deserves access to a great education that provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in college, career, and life. I’m especially proud to kick off this 2017-2018 school year knowing that our state budget includes a historic $639 million increase for Wisconsin’s K-12 schools.”
3. Wisconsin Offers Assistance to Texas and Florida
Members of WI agencies assisting in Texas presented Angelina County officials with a WI flag we sent down to show support. pic.twitter.com/q8dmUEDXnA
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) September 7, 2017
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, fifteen individuals from Wisconsin state agencies traveled to Texas to help manage a supply receiving and distribution center.
Governor Walker also issued two Executive Orders related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:
- Executive Order #252: suspending certain restrictions and limitations for emergency aid transportation following Hurricane Harvey; and
- Executive Order #254: authorizing Major General Donald Dunbar, Wisconsin’s Adjutant General, to call elements of the Wisconsin National Guard to state active duty to assist civil authorities in Texas and Florida, if needed, in response to Hurricane Irma.
4. Companies Continue to Break Ground in Wisconsin
MilliporeSigma, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced plans to expand its facility in Sheboygan Falls by 80,000 square feet. With this construction, which includes the consolidation of its Flavors & Fragrances and Stains & Dyes operations in Milwaukee and Europe, and the growth of existing operations in Wisconsin, MilliporeSigma expects to create approximately 175 jobs over the next three years.