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Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is tied for a historic low and the percentage of people working is among the best in the nation! In response to these historic gains, Governor Walker announced an expansion of his Wisconsin Works for Everyone welfare reform plan.

1. Welfare Reform

Wisconsin Works for Everyone works to change Wisconsin’s welfare system by removing barriers to employment, expanding job-training programs, and providing public assistance to those who truly need it. Above all, Wisconsin Works for Everyone reflects the principle that work is dignifying and connects individuals to society and its values. It includes improvements to ensure programs serve as springboards to self-sufficiency, not just mechanisms for alleviating material hardship. 

The Governor, Speaker Vos, and Senator Kapenga visited La Crosse this week to discuss these reforms and hear from Wisconsin taxpayers. Additionally, the Governor released this video highlighting the importance of welfare reform in Wisconsin:

2. Advancement in Workforce Development

On January 17th, Governor Walker announced Wisconsin Career Creator, a $20 million initiative at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The goal of this initiative is to improve educational and training opportunities for Wisconsin’s workforce., both current and future.

Governor Walker noted:

“With a multitude of businesses expanding in Wisconsin and offering outstanding opportunities for our workforce, it’s crucial we help our workers get the skills they need to find rewarding, family-supporting careers,” said Governor Walker. “To help meet our current and future workforce needs, we’re investing in programs such as dual-enrollment, scholarships for employees learning new skills and earning credentials, and job search and training resources for high-demand fields.”

3. Battling the Opioid Crisis

Joined by Lt. Governor Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren, Governor Walker issued two Executive Orders to address the opioid crisis in Wisconsin. These reforms will combat the crisis by providing the best treatment outcomes for patients and their loved ones. Furthermore, the executive orders will create a Commission on Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery, based on the recommendation set forth by the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse.

4. Religious Freedom Day

Governor Walker declared Tuesday, January 16 as Religious Freedom Day in Wisconsin. Freedom of religion is protected by the First Amendment and serves as a founding principle of the United States.

5. Preparing for the State of the State Address

Governor Walker is looking forward to delivering the 2018 State of the State Address, where he will highlight Wisconsin’s historic unemployment rate, significant budget surplus, and continued economic growth. The address will take place on Wednesday, January 24 at 3 p.m.​