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The Wisconsin State of the State Address is an annual speech given by the Governor to a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature.

In his 2017 Address, Governor Walker highlighted a few of his top priorities for Wisconsin as we approach the next state budget and beyond, including:

  • Making college more affordable and accessible for Wisconsin families and students by cutting tuition for all in-state undergraduate students at all University of Wisconsin System schools. This builds upon Governor Walker's historic four-year tuition freeze and actually reduces the cost of tuition.
  • Increasing funding for K-12 public education throughout the state as well as finding solutions for some of the unique challenges rural schools face, such as higher transportation costs, poor access to broadband internet, and declining enrollment.
  • Holding the line on the tax burden for the citizens of Wisconsin so property and income taxes are lower in 2018 than they were in 2010.
  • Investing in Wisconsin's broadband infrastructure by providing an additional $35.5 million for the Broadband Expansion Grant Program. These funds will bring Governor Walker's total investment in broadband to $52 million.
  • Ensuring Wisconsin roads are safe and maintained by providing local governments with the largest increase in transportation aids since the 1990s as well as allocating more money for state highway rehabilitation than ever before, all while protecting the state's taxpayers by holding the line on the gas tax and vehicle registration fee.
  • Prioritizing rewarding work for the citizens of Wisconsin by leading the nation when it comes to welfare reform.
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2017 State of the State Address

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Assembly Chambers, Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Office of the Governor
Scott Walker