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The Week in Review
Growing Our Economy
Thursday morning I returned home from a two-day trip to Washington D.C.
after meeting with
congressional members from the Wisconsin delegation. Our conversations
focused on our combined efforts to continue growing the economy in
During the visit I had the opportunity to meet with Representatives Jim
Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, Mike Gallagher, Glenn Grothman and House Speaker
Paul Ryan. The members expressed their shared desire to bring more jobs and
higher wages to Wisconsin.
Over the last several years, Wisconsin has seen tremendous job growth,
increased wages and a labor force participation rate that consistently ranks
higher than most of the country. Last week we celebrated news from the
Department of Workforce Development
unemployment rate dropped to 3.4 percent, the lowest mark since 2000;
but our work isn’t done. We need to continue reducing burdensome regulations
that slow job growth and hurt wages. Working together with our congressional
leaders we will continue to strengthen our economy and move Wisconsin
Have a great week!
Fab Lab Day
This week Wisconsin celebrated Fab Lab Day by
awarding fab lab grants to 21 school districts across the state. South
Milwaukee High School received a $25,000 grant to expand their fab lab.
Fabrication Laboratories, commonly referred to as “fab labs,” are school
workshops where students are exposed to a variety of tools and machines
commonly used in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing related
fields. Many fab labs are equipped with 3D printers, laser engravers and
other machines operated through computers.
Last year, I had the opportunity to visit South Milwaukee High School and
witness firsthand the impressive skills our students are developing through
the curriculum and use of the school’s fab lab.
The fab lab grants were established to help students develop skills needed
for jobs of the future. Many jobs in the skilled trades and manufacturing
industries go unfilled because employers struggle to find workers with the
Over the last two years the state has contributed $1.1 million to fab labs
with an additional $1 million in the governor’s budget recommendations.
Wisconsin has 35 fab labs throughout the state; more than all other states