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Just last month, we learned that June accounted for the largest one-month gain in Wisconsin employment since September of 2003.
As part of the mid-summer recovery, Wisconsin added nearly 13,000 private sector jobs and netted 9,500 new positions statewide.
Add June’s total to the previous five months of 2011, and the policies Assembly Republicans have enacted so far this session have resulted in almost 40,000 new jobs and a statewide unemployment rate that is well below the national average.
There is no question that the recovery we’re experiencing is a direct result of the work put in this session by the new Republican majority. Voters statewide used the election last November as a referendum on the job-killing, deficit creating policies of the previous administration and legislature.
Last week, voters sent the same message when they rewarded four incumbent GOP Senators with recall election victories for the job they've done so far this session despite millions of dollars in special interest money that was spent to defeat them.
Citizens across Wisconsin went to the ballot box demanding job creation and a bright and prosperous future for our state, free of debt and deficits.
We took their message to heart, and we immediately got to work putting Wisconsin back on the path to prosperity. Now, we are seeing our shared vision for Wisconsin pay off.
Thousands and thousands of new jobs, a balanced budget, a predicted surplus, and a bright and prosperous future are on the horizon because Wisconsin spoke and we listened.
Our work is by no means done, but we are off to a good start.
More than a year remains in the current legislative session, and we are currently putting together a fall agenda that will continue our growth and keep us on the path to prosperity.
There is no doubt that come September, we will once again hit the ground running.
Last week the state repaid more than $200 million owed to the injured patients and families compensation fund.  It's one more example of how we're continuing to pay our bills and helping to reverse the bad government practices from the former administration.
After proposing to close as many as 16 DMV Service Center’s statewide, the state Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that all of the existing branches will remain open.
In addition, the DMV plans to open four more centers across Wisconsin.
The new centers will be located in Viroqua (Vernon County), Alma (Buffalo County), south Eau Claire/Fall Creek (Eau Claire County) and Keshena (Menominee County).
Wisconsin and  Minnesota Forge New Tuition Reciprocity Agreement
The tuition reciprocity agreement with the State of Minnesota makes college education more affordable for Wisconsin residents.  It allows Wisconsin residents to attend state universities, colleges and technical colleges in Minnesota at in-state rates as specified in the agreement.  Over 10,000 Wisconsin residents take advantage of this program each year.  Minnesota residents have the same opportunities for attending Wisconsin schools. 
All Wisconsin residents are eligible, but there is an application form that must be completed and processed by the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB).  The application for the 2011-2012 academic year is available on HEAB’s website:  Interested residents should contact their high school, the Minnesota college they are considering, or HEAB to obtain additional information. 
Natural Resources Committee Update
Shoreland Zoning Rules Delayed
The Department of Natural Resources Board voted unanimously last week to delay for two years the implementation of new regulations scheduled to go into effect on February 1, 2012.  The vote by the board came after a legislative committee held a public hearing on the rules in Minocqua in late July.  Following the 6 hours of testimony, many committee members indicated they’d support a delay of the rules. 
The controversial rules were passed during the Doyle Administration in an effort to control development along lakes, rivers and streams.  The rules establish minimum regulatory standards for building setbacks, cutting trees and shrubs, lot sizes and nonconforming structures.
In the News this week…
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Sky isn't falling
Wisconsin Radio Network: Governor signs redistricting bills
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Milwaukee to see net gain from state budget
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Mining projects pick up steam in Wisconsin 
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