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The Week in Review
On Friday, my colleagues and I gave a brief
presentation to area businesses on the budget and some of the great things
we are doing to continue moving Wisconsin Forward.
For example, this month, we learned Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at 3.2
percent, the lowest rate in the last 17 years. What’s more, we continue to
outpace the rest of the nation with a strong labor force participation rate.
And we continue to encourage job growth with approximately 100,000 available
the Jobs Center of Wisconsin website.
The budget is also beginning to take shape as members of the Joint Finance
Committee work diligently to improve on the governor’s recommendations.
Last week, the committee agreed to freeze tuition for Wisconsin students in
the UW System and set aside additional funding for schools that perform
well. With this budget, students at the UW System will experience continued
savings while the UW will be rewarded for educating our students.
On Wednesday, the committee approved additional funding for workforce
training with $11.5 million for the
Wisconsin Fast Forward program in
addition to $1 million for career and technical education grants. The new
funding will build upon our previous efforts to improve the workforce in
In the coming weeks the committee will be taking up property taxes and K-12
education where they will set aside millions of dollars for our public
schools and eliminate the state portion of your property tax bill.
At the beginning of session, Assembly Republicans promised to make education
a top priority while holding the line on property taxes. With this budget,
we make good on those promises and continue moving Wisconsin Forward.
Have a great weekend!
Remember the Fallen
Monday morning, many from around our
community gathered in South Milwaukee and Oak Creek to honor our fallen
It was wonderful to see so many of you in Oak Creek and South Milwaukee
paying your respects to the men and women who lost their lives fighting for