Blueprint to Prosperity
This week, Governor Scott Walker delivered the State of the State Address to the Assembly, the Senate, and the citizens of Wisconsin. He laid out our Blueprint for Prosperity, which will set a new, even faster pace for economic growth in Wisconsin.
Prudent fiscal planning from the past three years has left Wisconsin with a $911 million surplus, which we plan to return to the hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin.
“The additional revenue should be returned to taxpayers because it’s their money,” Governor Walker said. “When I travel the state, people don’t tell me that they want to keep sending more money to Madison. They don’t tell me that taxes are too low or even that taxes are just right. Overwhelmingly, people across the state tell me that one of the best ways to fuel economic recovery is to reduce their tax burden.”
Our Blueprint for Prosperity will return $800 million to Wisconsinites through property, income, and withholding tax reductions. Lowering the tax burden in Wisconsin is an important part of helping working families, senior citizens, farmers, and small businesses. We know that you work hard for your money and you should be able to keep more of it.
$100 million will also be put into the rainy day fund. This is now the third consecutive year that we have added to our state’s rainy day fund, which has increased to its largest balance in state history - five times larger than the previous high.
There were days in Wisconsin’s past when accomplishments like these were unheard of. But those days are over and under the Walker-Kleefisch Administration, we are working to ensure that the quality of life for your family and neighbors improves. Go here to see the Governor’s speech and be sure to contact your state legislator and encourage them to support the Blueprint to Prosperity.
Wisconsin in Chicago
Exports are up in Wisconsin. The Governor mentioned it in the speech, and the way we keep trending upward in this important economic indicator is by continuing to pursue new relationships internationally. That's why I joined our WEDC team in Chicago to share Wisconsin's strengths with members of the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association. Economic development professionals and Consuls General from more than a dozen countries learned about our newest initiatives and why Wisconsin is primed to do more global business.
Governor Walker and I participated in the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the state capitol. It is the longest running MLK Day event in the country honoring Dr. King’s fearless leadership. If you did not get a chance to see the televised event, take a few moments to watch the tribute on PBS.
Wisconsin Supper Clubs
There are so many gems hidden throughout our state ready to be discovered! Supper clubs are as Wisconsin as the Friday night fish fries they serve. And tourism is one of our state’s strongest industries with one of the best returns on taxpayer investment. Check out this piece about Supper Clubs and how they contribute to our state’s cultural identity.