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  • Governor Walker Approves Rule Requiring Drug Testing for Unemployment Insurance Recipients

    Madison  Governor Scott Walker recently approved an emergency rule submitted by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), which requires certain Wisconsin citizens receiving unemployment insurance (UI) to pass a drug test.

    “This new rule brings us one step closer to moving Wisconsinites from government dependence to true independence,” Governor Walker said. “We frequently hear from employers that they have good paying jobs, but they need their workers to be drug-free. This rule is a common-sense reform which strengthens our workforce by helping people find and keep a family supporting job.”

    Press Release | May 4, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Highlights Manufacturing in Wisconsin at Association of Equipment Manufacturers

    West Allis – Governor Scott Walker met with members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers today to discuss ways Wisconsin can continue to strengthen its manufacturing industry.

    "Manufacturing is a crucial industry in Wisconsin by contributing to our economic well-being and serving as a major employer throughout the state," Governor Walker said. "It was great to meet with members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and hear from them about what it takes to keep manufacturing strong. As we look for new ways to strengthen manufacturing, one of the most important things we can do is connect employers with skilled workers. That is why we will continue to invest in programs to provide our students with the practical skills they need to meet the ever-growing demand for quality workers in the manufacturing sector."

    Press Release | May 4, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Proclaims State Employee Recognition Day

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation declaring today, May 4th, as “State Employee Recognition Day.”

    “One of the top priorities of our administration is providing effective and efficient government services to Wisconsin’s taxpayers,” Governor Walker said.  “This effort to move Wisconsin Forward cannot be accomplished without the hard work and dedication of Wisconsin state employees. These talented individuals provide valuable services and support the everyday running of our state. Today, and every day, we thank them for their service to the public.”

    Press Release | May 4, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Invests in 25 School Districts for Fab Lab Equipment

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the first recipients of the Wisconsin’s Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program.  This investment has the ability to fund new fabrication laboratory facilities, providing Wisconsin’s children with valuable job training and bringing them into the 21st Century’s global economy.

    “Guaranteeing our students have the skills necessary to compete in our rapidly growing, technology-driven world is critical to our economy,” Governor Walker said. “Fab Labs provide hands-on learning to the next generation of workers to provide our students with the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs. This ensures everyone who wants a job in Wisconsin can find a job.”

    Press Release | May 2, 2016

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  • Governor Walker Travels Throughout Wisconsin to Highlight $19.3 Billion Tourism Industry

    Madison – Governor Scott Walker is traveling throughout the state today to announce Wisconsin’s tourism economy topped $19.3 billion in 2015, a nearly $1 billion boost from $18.5 billion in 2014. The announcement kicks off this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs May 1-7. Governor Walker is joined by Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett in visiting MillerCoors in Milwaukee, the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail in Kendall, the Mobile Marketing Center in Eau Claire, and Heritage Hill State Historical Park in Green Bay.

    “Tourism has long been a significant contributor to Wisconsin’s economy, and this year is no different,” Governor Walker said. “Investing in tourism promotion and marketing at the national, state, and local level is not only an effective way to attract visitors and grow the economy, it also enhances the image of the state as a place to live and do business. With over 10,000 inland lakes and numerous other tourist destinations, like classic Wisconsin supper clubs, it’s no wonder Wisconsin is a leading tourist destination for people across the nation.”

    Press Release | April 29, 2016

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