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Governor Walker made some key points this week:
Unemployment rate for June in WI is 5.7% - best since Oct. 2008 & well below US rate.
WI created 32,300 more jobs in our 1st 42 months than were created in Gov. Doyle's 1st 42 months.
So far, 21,050 net new business entities have formed since we took office (our goal was 10,000 by 2015).
2014 unemployment insurance claims through Week 27 are running lowest since 2000.
The same team of professionals that worked for Gov. Doyle advised us on appropriate security levels. We follow their lead. Attending the National Governors Association meetings this weekend and seeing all of the security details for Governors from both parties is a reminder of that things have changed over recent years. I, like most Governors, take our direction on security from professionals in the state patrol.
That last one is important because liberals are critical of the Governor’s increase in security. Highly ironic given liberals created the chaos at the Capitol. Their threats and intimidation caused the need for heightened security. Governor Walker had this great line when questioned about this by reporters:
"Have you been asleep for the past three years?"
In West Allis, Governor Walker celebrated the $3.9 million expansion of Brookdale Senior Living Community that creates 202 new jobs.
Brookdale, a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the country, is increasing the size of its corporate support center in West Allis by 33,000 square feet. The expansion will bring Brookdale’s presence in the Summit Place building to about 155,000 square feet for the more than 400 employees at that location. Construction is now under way and is expected to be completed by the end of the month.
“Brookdale is yet another national company that already has a major presence in Wisconsin and decided to grow here because of the state’s outstanding business climate and strong workforce,” Governor Walker said. “I applaud Brookdale for its decision to expand here, a decision that will benefit all of southeastern Wisconsin.”
In Green Bay, Governor Walker expands job program for disabled teens. Read more here.
Governor Scott Walker announced the award of nearly $2.6 million in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant dollars to Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) to train up to 546 workers for in-demand fields. The award is part of $28 million in grants that Governor Walker recently announced as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to help Wisconsin technical college train over 4,900 workers for jobs that employers need to fill.
“Wisconsin is known for its skilled, dependable workforce, which is a major factor in a business’ decision to either expand in or move to Wisconsin," Governor Walker said. "The Wisconsin Fast Forward program makes targeted investments in worker training, which will strengthen the workforce and ensure we have workers to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
"Our administration has made worker training a top priority, allocating more than $135 million in new resources to equip Wisconsin workers with the skills needed to fill jobs that employers have available," Governor Walker said. "This substantial investment in the Wisconsin Technical College System will help our top-notch technical colleges build the capacity to train thousands of workers across the state with skills we know are in high demand by employers."
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will lift the moratorium on the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
“The Historic Preservation Tax Credit has proven to be a successful economic development tool,” said Governor Walker. “While it was necessary for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to determine the best method to continue the program, worthwhile projects can now move forward to help grow local economies and revitalize communities throughout our state.”
Governor Scott Walker released the following statement on Thursday:
Today, I call on the members of the State Legislature to pass a bill in early January to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Governor Walker’s request for federal low-interest disaster loans for individuals and businesses impacted by tornadoes and storms which hit Grant County and the surrounding area last month.
“Cleanup continues from the devastating June storms and tornadoes that hit Grant County and other areas in southwest Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “Low-interest loans from the SBA will provide critical assistance to some homeowners and businesses trying to recover from the damage."
And the Scott Walker campaign released a new ad. Thanks for checking in. Have a great WI week!