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This week, Governor Walker highlighted Wisconsin’s historic strides in lowering the unemployment rate, investing in small businesses, and expanding the economy. Additionally, he announced $250,000 in grants to support veterans and their families. And he declared February Black History Month in Wisconsin, recognizing the significant and unique contributions of American Americans in Wisconsin and across the United States. 

1. Traveling Wisconsin with Governor Thompson to Promote Welfare Reform


Discussed the expansion of our WI Works for Everyone welfare reforms in Milwaukee with former Governor Tommy Thompson and DOA Secretary Neitzel. With a 3.0% unemployment rate and more people working than ever before, we can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines. #RewardingWork

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Governor Walker traveled to job centers in La Crosse, Green Bay, and Milwaukee with Governor Tommy Thompson this week to highlight Wisconsin’s unemployment numbers and welfare reform proposal.

The Wisconsin Works for Everyone welfare reform plan proposed by Governor Walker comprehensively addresses welfare reform. Several key initiatives include reforms to Wisconsin’s FoodShare system and the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, which provides hands-on job training and job search resources and has helped more than 25,000 FoodShare recipients learn an employable skillset and reenter the workforce.

2. Tying Wisconsin’s Historically Low Unemployment Rate

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate at a historically low 3.0% — the lowest its been since 1999. Eight years ago, in January 2010, the unemployment rate was a staggering 9.2%. Today, more people are working than ever before. And we are projecting 1,500 new jobs in Wisconsin’s New North region alone and many more are expected throughout the state with the arrival of Foxconn and the expansion of many other businesses.

3. Expanding Wisconsin’s Economy

Another business in expanding in Wisconsin!

Governor Walker joined State Representative John Nygren, Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot, as well as local officials and business leaders at a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence (WMCOE) Business Assistance Center. This new center will serve as a business incubator for the successful development of startup or expanding businesses in Marinette County.

4. Announcing $250,000 in Grants to Support Wisconsin Veterans

This week Governor Walker joined the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs in announcing $250,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations. These organizations, such as Trinity Equestrian Center, the Latino Veterans Legacy of Valor Foundation, and UW Superior Foundation, provide financial assistance and other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families.

Wisconsin is proud to offer more benefits to veterans than any other state, with 23 benefits while the next closest state offers 21.

5. Continuing Wisconsin’s Commitment to Public Safety for Workers

To further protect the safety of workers, first responders, and the public, Governor Walker signed AB 532, the Public Service Commissions (PSC) Reform Act.

While discussing AB 532 at the Wisconsin Energy Providers Conference, Governor Walker remarked:

“We are creating a safer working environment for Wisconsin workers, first responders, and families through the Public Service Commission Reform Act. This legislation also works to cut unnecessary fees and requirements which furthers our promise to cut red tape in state government.”

6. Recognizing Black History Month in Wisconsin

Governor Walker declared February as Black History Month throughout Wisconsin to recognize the historic achievements of African Americans in Wisconsin. Additionally, he recognized the Honorable Vel Philips, for her role as the 1st African American to be elected as Secretary of State in Wisconsin.