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We begin with some announcements from Governor Walker. This first one is important because news reports the past few days have been inaccurate and misleading.
WI ends FY 14 with $445 million SURPLUS. We will end the 2013/2015 biennium with a balanced budget.
New numbers are in & total revenue collections are only off 1.98% from original estimates. State still ends with a balanced budget.
Rainy day fund is 165 times bigger than when we took office.
WI ranks 5th in the US for new manufacturing jobs (US BLS CES Dec. 2010 - July 2014)
People don't tell me that they send too little $ to Madison. That's why we sent more back to the hard working taxpayers.
Governor Walker joined the announcement of the partnership between The Water Council and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to invest a grant of $225,000 in water technology with the help of the Small Business Forward initiative. Over the next five years, JPMorgan Chase & Co. will provide $30 million in grants to support small business clusters throughout the nation that aid in stimulating certain industries.
“I applaud JPMorgan Chase & Co. for the insight to invest in The Water Council and Wisconsin’s water industry,” Governor Walker said. “With over 15,000 lakes within the state’s boundaries and fresh water forming three of our borders, Wisconsin is growing as a water technology leader. Investing in water technology industries will only continue to increase Wisconsin’s competitiveness as a global water hub.”
A premiere leader in water industry initiatives and innovation, The Water Council was established in 2009 by business, government, and education leaders in order to bring together the region’s existing water companies and research clusters, develop educational programs to train the next generation, and build partnerships across industries and geographic boundaries.
Green Bay was the site of the Governor's Traffic Safety Conference.
“Our goal is zero deaths on Wisconsin roads,” said Governor Walker. “This event is a great opportunity to bring everyone to the table and continue our work to improve traffic safety in Wisconsin. Together, we can build upon our successful efforts to expand and enhance traffic safety initiatives and work to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads.”
In 2013, Wisconsin had the lowest number of traffic fatalities in almost 70 years.
The Walworth County Fair, the Governor’s home county, celebrated the 100th anniversary of 4-H.
“Wisconsin fairs are the perfect opportunity to experience all that the state has to offer,” Governor Walker said in Elkhorn. “With delicious food, talented artists, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, and other events and activities for kids of all ages, the Walworth County Fair is fun for the whole family. It is also an ideal occasion to recognize and celebrate Wisconsin’s 4-H Foundation, founded here in Walworth County 100 years ago. In the past century, 4-H has made a tremendous impact on the lives of countless children, providing the opportunity for youth to pursue excellence in the areas of leadership, citizenship, and life-skills, thus helping transform the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow.”
From the Milwaukee Biz Times: The following was written by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as his official epilogue for the release of the paperback version of his autobiography, “Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge.”
The Governor appeared on national radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt's program. Listen as the Governor criticizes the mainstream media.
A recent column in POLITICO written by a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel whose son was shot and killed by police looks at WI passing the nation’s first law calling for outside reviews in such cases.
The WI Rapids Tribune reported Governor Walker said the increasing militarization of local police agencies is an issue for federal and local governments to debate, not the state.
That's it for this week. Thank you again, Governor Walker for all you do for our great state.
Another installment next Saturday. Till then, have a great WI week!