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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,, 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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The Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization Endorses Governor Scott Walker for Re-Election

Oct 17, 2014 7:50:25 AM

Madison -- The Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization announced today that is has endorsed Governor Scott Walker for re-election.  

“Governor Walker is committed to public safety. We are proud to endorse Governor Walker for re-election as he is a proven leader and supporter of law enforcement. Governor Walker understands the complexities law enforcement officers face daily. We appreciate and trust Governor Walker to continue his support for law enforcement and to help us keep our citizens and communities safe,” said Carmelo Patti, Vice President of the Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization.

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement in response to the Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization endorsement:

We are grateful for the men and women of our police force who risk their own safety on a daily basis to protect the safety of the greater community.  In a second term, we will continue to promote the safety and well being of both our police force and all citizens of Wisconsin.

Thank you to the Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization for their endorsement.

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Wisconsin Adds 8,400 Private Sector Jobs in September, Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5 Percent

Oct 16, 2014 12:55:08 PM

Madison – Wisconsin’s economy continues to head in the right direction under Governor Scott Walker’s leadership as the private sector created 8,400 jobs in September and the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest since 2008.

“This is more great news for working families and it’s more proof that Wisconsin is heading in the right direction under Governor Walker,” Press Secretary Alleigh Marré said.  “We’ve come too far over the last four years to let Mary Burke and her failed policies take us backward.”

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Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association Endorses Governor Scott Walker for Re-Election

Oct 16, 2014 8:45:00 AM

Milwaukee -- The Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association today announced their endorsement of Governor Scott Walker’s re-election campaign. The Milwaukee Fire Department consists of approximately 1,000 firefighters and is responsible for protecting the citizens of Milwaukee from fire hazards and emergency fire situations.

"Scott Walker’s success as Wisconsin's chief executive and his commitment to public safety gives us clear indication that he should continue as our governor. He understands the issues, and is a strong advocate for the overall welfare of our communities--communities, that we as firefighters are so dedicated to serving. As an association that works hard to protect families and the community we live and serve in, we are proud to stand with Scott Walker as he moves Wisconsin Forward,”  president of Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association, Dave Seager, said.

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Milwaukee Police Association Endorses Governor Scott Walker for Re-Election

Oct 16, 2014 8:24:47 AM

Madison – The Milwaukee Police Association (MPA) today announced its endorsement of Governor Scott Walker, citing the Governor’s investments and strong support for public safety in local communities.

“Governor Walker has demonstrated an absolute unwavering focus toward safer communities and quality of life for Wisconsin citizens – all very evident in his clear vision for Public Safety and continual support of law enforcement endeavors,” said Michael Crivello, President of the Milwaukee Police Association. “This governor has an absolute understanding of the importance of public safety.”

Governor Walker released a statement regarding the MPA endorsement:

Wisconsin depends on law enforcement officers to keep our communities and families safe. My administration is dedicated to ensuring these professionals have the resources and information they need to serve and protect.

I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Milwaukee Police Association and I thank them for their service to the people of Milwaukee.

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Mary Burke: A Disaster at the Department of Commerce

Oct 14, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Madison -- Mary Burke’s nearly three-year-tenure as Gov. Jim Doyle’s Secretary of Commerce was plagued by mismanagement and waste of taxpayer dollars, dirty deals, and downright disastrous policies that are still hurting Wisconsin today. 

“From a lack of oversight to dirty deals, Mary Burke was a disaster at the Department of Commerce,” Press Secretary Alleigh Marré said.  “Before leaving Commerce, Burke even said herself they weren’t ‘out there selling the state and attracting the companies.’  Voters can’t trust Mary Burke to lead Wisconsin.”


The Legislative Audit Bureau Established That Commerce Maintained Little Oversight Of Programs, The Number Of Jobs Created Or Tax Credits. “However, agency responsibility for administering economic development programs is fragmented, efforts to measure and report results are limited, and no single entity is responsible for ensuring that the programs are working toward common policy goals.” (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
  • The Independent Audit Bureau Expressed Concerns About The Accuracy Of Reports From Mary Burke’s Commerce Department. “We have specific concerns about the accuracy and completeness of the information that is tracked and reported for many of Commerce’s programs.” The audit also noted that reports from commerce include “expected rather than actual program outcomes.” (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
  • Results Reported By Commerce Were Not Consistently Verified. “Commerce does not consistently verify the information it receives from award recipients against information available from other sources.” (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
  • Mary Burke Said “It's Obviously Hard To Do The Tracking” “When you have so many different programs you are required to conduct, it’s obviously hard to do the tracking,” she said. “The biggest part of tracking is making sure the companies do what they say they’re going to do… we do that.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8/9/06)
  • Under Jim Doyle And Mary Burke, State Agencies Were Double-Counting Jobs. “The number of jobs created or retained by six companies that received multiple awards from Commerce during the period we reviewed was overstated by 885 because Commerce reported the same expected number of jobs created or retained for each award. In addition, Commerce and DOT each claimed credit for creating or retaining at least 1,800 jobs related to 17 projects that received funding from both agencies from FY 2001-02 through FY 2004-05." (Legislative Audit Bureau, Report 06-9, August 2006)
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