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Wisconsin is working!

Governor Walker discusses welfare reform and the value and pride that comes from controlling your own life and setting your own destiny through work in a new video for the Foundation of Government Accountability. Wisconsin’s number of private sector jobs continues to rise and its bond rating is upgraded for the second time in two weeks. And Governor Walker calls on the NFL to use its influence to draw greater attention to domestic violence.

1. The Value of Hard Work

Governor Walker discusses his forward-thinking reforms to remove barriers to work and expand job training programs in this video filmed for the Foundation of Government Accountability.

In the video, Governor Walker notes:

“We need to get people back on track to that, knowing that it is in our human instinct to want to work – to want to be fulfilled in our labor and our employment.

There are a lot of people who want to work, but the government has put up too many barriers.

I often say, nobody dreams of being dependent on the government. When someone has a job they have peace of mind, there’s pride. There’s pride in their family and there’s pride in their friends, and we want to empower people to do that…

The ultimate freedom is controlling your own life and setting your own destiny through work.”

2. Number of private sector jobs reaches an all-time high

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced that the reached an all-time high in total labor force and number of private sector jobs in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Wisconsin’s workforce development investments are attracting businesses from across the world, leading to even more opportunities for Wisconsinites.

3. Wisconsin’s Bond Rating Upgraded Twice in Two Weeks

Over the past two weeks, the state’s bond rating was upgraded by Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency to “AA+” from “AA”.

The upgrade comes only a few months after Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the state of Wisconsin’s General Obligation rating to Aa1, up from Aa2.

The following excerpt was included in the Fitch Ratings report:

“The state's fiscal performance was historically challenged by structural imbalances and a reliance on one-time resources to cover budgetary needs. The fiscal 2011-2013 budget marked a turning point, with extensive structural budget actions and the resolution of several lingering fiscal challenges.”

4. Taking a Stand on Domestic Violence

Governor Walker released a letter encouraging the NFL to take a stand against domestic violence. The letter was addressed to Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), and DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, in anticipation of the NFL Fall League Meeting.

In the letter, he requests that the League and players:

“Stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe. That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.”