Madison – First Lady Tonette Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will travel across Wisconsin today promoting women in business as part of the 10-day “Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback” bus tour.
The bus will make stops at women-owned businesses in Grafton, Sheboygan Falls, Hobart, Appleton, and Germantown sharing Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch’s first term accomplishments and the Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback plan for a second term with voters.
“As demonstrated by the success of these great women-owned Wisconsin businesses, our state is moving in the right direction,” said First Lady Tonette Walker. “We’ve been traveling across the state since Saturday on our bus tour talking with voters about the Wisconsin Comeback, and we’re excited to promote these women-owned businesses and share in their success.”
“Our economy is improving and unemployment has dropped to the lowest it’s been since 2008," said Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. “In a second term, we plan to build on our accomplishments and help these great businesses grow right here in Wisconsin.”
First Lady Tonette Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch are joined on Tuesday’s Bus Tour by several prominent women in politics and elected officials, including: Senator Mary Lazich, Senator Leah Vukmir, Assembly Majority Leader Pat Strachota, Representative Amy Loudenbeck, Representative Jessie Rodriguez, Republican National Committeewoman Mary Buestrin, and Senator Ron Johnson’s wife Jane.
Wisconsin is on a Comeback:
- Wisconsin’s economy is getting stronger – more than 8,400 private sector jobs were created in September – the best September we’ve had in more than a decade.
- Wisconsin is fourth in the Midwest for private sector job growth over the year.
- More than 110,000 new private sector jobs and nearly 25,000 new businesses have been created over the last four years.
- Wisconsin is 5th in the U.S. for manufacturing jobs since Governor Walker took office.
- Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 7.8% when Gov. Walker took office. Today, it is down to 5.5%. The lowest since 2008.