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April 12, 2011

For Immediate Release

Madison – April 12, 2011, marks Governor Scott Walker’s 100th day in office.  Since Day 1, Governor Walker has remained committed to creating an environment for the private sector to create 250,000 new Wisconsin jobs and right-sizing state government.  These first 100 days mark some of the most productive in Wisconsin’s history.

Since Inauguration Day, Governor Walker and the Legislature have taken bold steps to ensure that Wisconsin and her citizens have a strong foundation for future generations.  In his Inaugural Address, Governor Walker used these words to define his focus on government reform:


Article I, Section 22 of the state constitution reads so eloquently: "The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."


           Today, in this inauguration, we affirm these values and fundamental principles.


It is through frugality and moderation in government that we will see freedom and prosperity for our people.


Governor Walker has issued executive orders and signed reform legislation using those fundamental principles as his guide.  He has signed more legislation in his first hundred days than any governor in the past 30 years.


Some Accomplishments in Governor Walker’s First 100 Days

  • 13,000 Private Sector Jobs Created in January and February including 8,200 Manufacturing Jobs 
  • Executive Order: Requiring a Special Session of the Legislature on Jobs and Government Reform
  • Executive Order: Creation of the Commission on Government Waste, Fraud, and Abuse to Help Save $300 Million
  • Elimination of State Taxes on Health Savings Accounts
  • Reform of Wisconsin’s Litigation Climate
  • Relocation and Economic Development Tax Credit Legislation 
  • Tax Relief for Wisconsin’s Job Creators: Small Businesses
  • Transforming the Department of Commerce into Wisconsin Economic  Development Corporation
  • Introduced Legislation for Three New Enterprise Zones
  • Supermajority for Passage of Tax Increase Legislation
  • Right-Sizing State Government with Modest Requests on State Pension, Health Care
  • Balancing Wisconsin’s FY 2011 Budget
  • Proposed Budget that Balances $3.6 Billion Deficit and Reduces the Structural Deficit to Lowest Point in Recent History
  • Applied to Upgrade Hiawatha Rail Line
  • Signed TIF Legislation for Brookfield
  • Signed TID Legislation for MIlwaukee
  • Introduced Online Brownbag Lunches so Constituents Can Hear Directly from the Governor
  • Introduced 3rd Grade Reading Taskforce: “Read to Lead” to Make Sure Every Wisconsin 3rd Grader Can Read at Grade Level
  • Proposed an Alternative to Finish the Zoo Interchange 5 years Early and Save Taxpayers $600 Million
  • Announced Long-Term Solution for Hoan Bridge
  • Implemented JOBS Hotline Giving  Job Creators a Direct Line into the Governor’s Office
  • Chairs NGA Committee on Healthcare
  • Aggressively Marketed Wisconsin as Open for Business After Massive Illinois Tax Increase

“The line of our accomplishments sends a strong message to employers all over the globe that Wisconsin and her people stand Open for Business,” Governor Walker said. “These past 100 days have seen many bold reforms, but it is only the beginning – there is more work to be done. I am an optimist and I know Wisconsin’s best days are ahead of her. We will put Wisconsin back on the road to fiscal security and see the creation of 250,000 jobs by 2015. I thank members of the Legislature for their hard work to ensure a better future for all Wisconsinites.”