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Governor Scott Walker to Begin 10-Day “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback” Bus Tour in Campaign’s Final Days

Oct 24, 2014 4:02:00 PM

Madison -- Governor Scott Walker will begin his 10-day “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback” Bus Tour across Wisconsin tomorrow from the Republican Party of Milwaukee County’s headquarters in West Allis.  Governor Walker will criss-cross the state in the final days of the campaign meeting with voters and sharing his plan for a second term which includes: helping people keep more of their paychecks, helping people learn more to earn more through worker training, and helping move people from government dependence to true independence through work.

“Four years ago, Wisconsin was in rough shape after losing 133,000 jobs and 27,000 businesses,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “Now four years on, thanks to our reforms and common sense approach, Wisconsin is on a comeback and we are heading in the right direction with more than 110,000 new jobs and the lowest unemployment rate since 2008.  I’m excited to cover the state in the next 10 days and share this great story with voters.”

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Governor Scott Walker Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Green Bay, Highlights Manufacturing Growth in Wisconsin

Oct 24, 2014 2:54:00 PM

Madison -- Governor Scott Walker attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new CNC Machining Lab at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College today. The lab was expanded to provide students with more than 9,000 square-feet of learning space equipped with the tools necessary to succeed in the manufacturing industry.

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Governor Scott Walker Highlights Wisconsin’s Growing Economy During Visit to Prent Corporation in Janesville

Oct 23, 2014 3:59:19 PM

Madison -- Governor Scott Walker visited Prent Corporation in Janesville today to tour the company and learn about its growing operations. Prent Corporation is a Wisconsin-based designer and producer of custom packaging used in the medical device industry.

“Prent Corporation is an outstanding member of Wisconsin’s growing manufacturing industry. 30,000 new manufacturing jobs have been created since we took office in 2011,” Governor Walker said. “Our record stands in stark contrast to my opponent’s record.  During Burke’s time as Commerce secretary under the Doyle administration, Wisconsin actually lost manufacturing jobs.”

Since its founding in 1967, Prent Corporation has grown from just 15 employees working out of a 10,000 square foot silo facility, to an 18-acre campus with over 500 employees. Through the “Prent is Paying it Forward” scholarship program, Prent Corporation is pro-actively building a stronger workforce for Wisconsin through creating highly trained manufacturing employees.

Moving Wisconsin Forward With Governor Scott Walker:

  • According to monthly estimates, Wisconsin created over 30,000 manufacturing jobs since Governor Walker took office. This ranks Wisconsin 5th in the US (BLS CES).
  • In the first three years under Governor Walker, manufacturing employment grew at 4.9%, outpacing the national growth rate of 4.2%. (BLS, QCEW, 2011, 2012, and 2013).
  • Governor Walker has invested over $100 million of new funding into developing our workforce. This includes additional funding for K-12 education, technical colleges and higher education, investments to expand apprenticeship and grants for training new and existing workers. (2013 Acts 9, 20, & 139)
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Milwaukee’s First Responders Endorse Governor Scott Walker for Re-Election

Oct 22, 2014 8:51:00 AM

Milwaukee -- The Milwaukee Police Association, Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization, and Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association formally announced their endorsement of Governor Scott Walker’s re-election today.  The organizations highlighted the governor’s strong commitment to public safety in Wisconsin. 

“Our police force and firefighters are critical to the safety of Milwaukee and its citizens,” Governor Walker said. “My administration is committed to ensuring these professionals have the resources and information they need to serve and protect our communities. In a second term as Governor, we will continue our commitment to the brave men and women of our public safety community.”

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Walker Campaign Releases New TV Ads: “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback”

Oct 22, 2014 6:27:00 AM

Madison -- Governor Scott Walker’s campaign released two new statewide television advertisements today titled “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback.”  The 60- and 30-second spots focus on Wisconsin’s economic and fiscal comeback since Governor Walker took office.

“Wisconsin created 8,400 private sector jobs last month, the best September we’ve had in more than a decade,” Press Secretary Alleigh Marré said.  “Wisconsin is on a comeback and our state is heading in the right direction under Governor Walker’s leadership.  We can’t afford to undo the progress we’ve made and go back to the days of billion-dollar budget deficits and record job losses with Mary Burke.”

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Walker Campaign Releases New Web Video: “Tuition Freeze”

Oct 20, 2014 4:10:44 PM

Madison -- Governor Scott Walker’s campaign today released a new web video, “Tuition Freeze,” which highlights the Governor’s historic two-year tuition freeze for University of Wisconsin (UW) System students. In his second term plan called Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback, Governor Walker outlines his strategy to help people “Learn More to Earn More.” This includes an additional two-year tuition freeze for the UW System, as well as a two-year freeze for Wisconsin’s technical college system.

“As parents of two college students, Tonette and I understand how important it is for a great education to be affordable,” said Governor Walker. “After years of tuition hikes, the UW System tuition freeze makes higher education accessible to more families across Wisconsin, preparing our students for the jobs that are available.  If re-elected to a second term, we will continue giving students and their parents a break by freezing tuition for an additional two years. ”

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Mary Burke’s Disastrous Record on Jobs

Oct 20, 2014 9:56:05 AM

Madison -- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed last week that Mary Burke’s predecessor at the Commerce Department referred to her as “a disaster.” A description that accurately describes her record on jobs.

While Mary Burke was Commerce Secretary under Governor Jim Doyle, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was higher than the national average for the only time in the last 25 years, personal income growth was in the bottom five in the US, and millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on a project that didn’t bring any new jobs to Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association Endorses Governor Scott Walker for Re-Election

Oct 20, 2014 9:00:36 AM

Madison -- The Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association (WMBA) announced its endorsement of Governor Scott Walker for re-election today, commending the Governor’s bold leadership and forward thinking reforms. The WMBA represents the real estate finance industry in Wisconsin.

"On behalf of the WMBA Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce we have unanimously voted to endorse Governor Walker's candidacy for a second term as Wisconsin’s Governor," said Marcia Howe, president of the WMBA. "Governor Walker has implemented policies that stabilized Wisconsin's budget, created more than 110,000 jobs, and most importantly, lowered the property tax burden on Wisconsin homeowners. Our Board of Directors believes Governor Walker's second term will help not only Wisconsin homeowners, but prospective homeowners pursuing the American dream."

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Wisconsin’s Economy is on a Comeback Under Governor Scott Walker

Oct 20, 2014 8:45:00 AM

Madison -- Under Governor Scott Walker’s leadership, Wisconsin’s economy continues to move in the right direction. Our state is estimated to have a surplus in the next budget, unemployment is the lowest since 2008 at 5.5 percent, and 8,400 private sector jobs were created last month alone.

As Governor Walker travels the state promoting his Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback plan for a second term, Wisconsin is coming off of the most private sector jobs created in month of September in more than a decade.

“Because of our reforms, Wisconsin is better off today than it was four years ago,” said Governor Scott Walker. “We eliminated the deficit without raising taxes and gave more money back to the people who earned it - the hardworking taxpayers. Wisconsin’s economy is on a comeback, but we’re not done yet, and we won’t stop until everyone who wants a job, can find a job.”

Wisconsin’s Economy is on a Comeback with Governor Walker:

  • Wisconsin is estimated to have a $535 million surplus in the 2015-17 state budget. Governor Walker has also built a rainy day fund that is the largest in state history ($279 million). (LFB, 2013-15 and 2015-17 General Fund, 9/18/14)

  • Wisconsin created 8,400 new private sector jobs in September. This is the most private sector jobs created in the month of September since 2003. (BLS, CES)

  • For 45 straight months, every month Governor Walker has been in office, Wisconsin has posted an over-the-year gain in private sector jobs. (BLS, CES)

  • Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 5.5%, it is the lowest since 2008. (BLS, CES, accessed 10/16/14)

  • Wisconsin has created 111,295 private sector jobs since 2010. This is more jobs created than during Governor Doyle’s eight years in office.(QCEW and CES, PolitiFact 111,295)

  • More than 30,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since Governor Walker took office, ranking Wisconsin 5th in the nation. (US BLS CES, December 2010 – August 2014)

  • Wisconsin has created 24,947 net new businesses since December 2010. (Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions State Business Filings)

  • Wisconsin’s personal income growth (1.8%) Q1 2014 to Q2 2014 is among the best (11th) in the nation. (US BEA Personal Income by State, accessed 10/9/14)

  • Governor Walker signed a true property tax freeze and reduced the property tax bill for the median-valued home for the first time in 12 years. (2011 Wisconsin Act 32; Steven Walters, “Breaking down the property tax dip,” Journal Sentinel, 4/21/12; Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, http://wistax.org, accessed 3/22/12)

  • Governor Walker cut income taxes by $750 million. A median-income family of four saved $173 in 2013 because of his tax cuts and is saving $230 in 2014. (Wisconsin Department of Revenue)

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Walker Campaign Releases New Web Video: “Wisconsin Parental Choice Program”

Oct 17, 2014 5:26:06 PM

Madison -- Governor Scott Walker’s campaign released a new web video today highlighting a Wisconsin family benefiting from the Parental Choice Program.

The video features Dina, a mother with three children in the choice program. One of Dina’s children has Asperger's and was struggling in the public school system. He is now succeeding in a school of their choice that they did not have access to before expansion of the program.

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