Contact: Alec Zimmerman
Bold reforms will keep moving Wisconsin forward
[Madison, WI] — Democrats want to take our state backward with the failed policies of yesterday. Meanwhile, we’ve made historic investments in our schools, our health care systems are the best in the nation for quality, property taxes are lower than they were in 2010, and more people are employed than ever before. Scott Walker is getting positive things done for Wisconsin.
Check out an op-ed from Governor Walker last week in The Cap Times here or find excerpts below:
Gov. Scott Walker: The state of our state is historically strong
The Cap Times
Governor Scott Walker
February 8, 2017
The state of our state is historically strong!
More people are employed in Wisconsin than ever before in the history of our state. And recently, the Department of Workforce Development announced that our unemployment rate had dropped to 3.0 percent. The only other time it was that low was in May, June and July of 1999, when Tommy Thompson was our governor. Things were pretty good back then, they’re pretty good now, and they’re only getting better.
We are getting positive things done for the people of Wisconsin.
Students in our schools have some of the highest ACT scores and some of the best graduation rates in the country. And we just invested more actual dollars into K-12 education than ever before — an extra $200 for every student in every school in every part of the state this year and another $204 increase for every student on top of that next year.
Today, both property and income taxes are actually lower than they were in 2010, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Through the end of this budget, the cumulative impact of our savings to the hardworking taxpayers will exceed $8 billion. And, for the first time since 1931, there is no state property tax. In fact, property taxes as a percentage of personal income are the lowest they have been since the end of World War II.
Moving forward, I am laying out an Ambitious Agenda for 2018 to keep us headed in the right direction.
This Ambitious Agenda includes more resources for our rural schools, a plan to stabilize health care premiums, making SeniorCare a permanent state program, protections for those with pre-existing conditions, additional investments in worker training, welfare reform, and returning the state’s budget surplus to the hardworking taxpayers through a child tax credit. For more information on our Ambitious Agenda for 2018, visit our website,
We are Wisconsin Proud. And I am proud that we are getting positive things done for the people of Wisconsin. But we’re not done yet.
So, let’s get going.
Let’s keep working together. Let’s keep moving Wisconsin forward.