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With Thanksgiving coming to a close and Christmas just around the corner, we would like to extend our gratitude to the great people of Wisconsin for being such upstanding citizens. While this time is often filled with great food and even better company, we are thankful for all that 2017 has given us so far and look forward to what’s to come in the future!

1. Governor Walker Wishes Wisconsin Families a Happy Thanksgiving

Governor Walker issued a statement wishing the people of Wisconsin safe travels and an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Following the holiday, Governor and First Lady Walker kicked off the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. Food and clothing donations were collected during the event and will continue to be accepted throughout the holiday season. Ornaments for the Executive Residence’s main tree are Wisconsin-themed.

2. Every Student Matters, No Matter Zip Code

Governor Walker visited Elmwood School District in Elmwood today to discuss the 2017-19 budget’s historic $11.5 billion investment in K-12 education and highlight his support for efforts to increase aid for rural school districts by expanding Sparsity Aid.

Senator Howard Marklein (R – Spring Green) and Representative Jeff Mursau (R – Crivitz) recently introduced legislation that increases Sparsity Aid for the 2018-19 school year. The Sparsity Aid Program aims to offset the challenges faced by low-population school districts through providing $300 in per-pupil funding for districts with 745 students or less and a population density of less than 10 students per square mile.

The new bill provides an increase from $300 per pupil to $400 per pupil for districts that currently qualify for Sparsity Aid, and creates a second tier of Sparsity Aid by providing $100 per pupil for districts with 746-1000 pupils.

3. Kwik Trip is Expanding in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is open for business!

Kwik Trip Inc., which owns and operates more than 600 retail convenience stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, announced a $300 million capital investment project that will enable the growing company to meet its capacity needs for the foreseeable future.

Plans call for investing $113 million in a new 200,000, square-foot bread and bun production facility, and multimillion expansions and improvements in its dairy manufacturing facility, kitchen operations and transportation fleet.

The project is expected to create more than 300 jobs in the La Crosse area over the next five years. Construction of the new bakery is expected to be completed by late fall of 2018.

4. Governor Walker Encourages Support of Wisconsin’s Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday

In addition to encouraging patrons to #BuyLocal, the Governor also highlighted his four-step approach to help Wisconsin’s small businesses: