March 24, 2017

Joint Finance Committee Update

As many of you know, in early February Governor Walker issued his budget recommendations for the 2017-19 biennial state budget. Next week, the Joint Committee on Finance will be holding agency briefings to hear from the various departments about the Governor's budget recommendations. Soon after that, the Joint Committee on Finance will be traveling around the state to host six public hearings with the goal of seeking input from Wisconsin residents on the Governor's budget recommendations. I highly encourage anyone who is able to attend the public hearings. The nearest hearings to the 55th Assembly District will be held in Berlin on Friday, April 7th, and Marinette on Friday, April 21st. For a complete list, please see below:

Monday, April 3 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Ullsvick Hall
30 South Hickory Street
Platteville, WI 53818

Wednesday, April 5 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
State Fair Park – Exposition Center
8200 West Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, WI 53214

Friday, April 7 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Berlin High School (Auditorium)
222 Memorial Drive
Berlin, WI 54923

Tuesday, April 18 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Spooner high School (Auditorium)
801 County Highway A
Spooner, WI 54801

Wednesday, April 19 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Ellsworth High School (Gymnasium)
323 West Hillcrest Street
Ellsworth, WI 54011

Friday, April 21 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Marinette High School (Auditorium)
2135 Pierce Avenue
Marinette, WI 54143

Unemployment at a 17-Year Low!

This week, the Department of Workforce Development issued another positive jobs report for the state of Wisconsin. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculated that the unemployment rate in Wisconsin has declined to 3.7 percent in February. This is the lowest unemployment rate since November 2000 and is well below the national average of 4.7 percent. In the same report, the BLS indicated that the labor force participation rate in Wisconsin increased again, this time to 68.3 percent, an all-time high. This rate is significantly above the national average of 63.0 percent. The report also shows that Wisconsin added 7,600 private sector jobs in the month of February alone and has added over 21,000 private sector jobs since February 2016.

This is very positive news for the state of Wisconsin, but there is still more work to be done. In Wisconsin, we currently have over 98,000 jobs available on the state's job website, This means we need every available person in the workforce. As Wisconsin's population ages and the number of retirees increases, we will need to continue to fill a larger number of job vacancies. This is why I am proud to work with my Assembly Republican colleagues to continue to expand worker training programs and find other solutions to this challenge.


Go Badgers!

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