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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

E-Update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. In an effort to improve communication, periodically I will be sending out an e-update to provide you with more information about what is going on in state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and on Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

 

Ready, Set, Build! Initiative for Shovel-ready Site Certification Launched

This week I announced the “Ready, Set, Build!” initiative to identify certified sites for business development in Wisconsin. For years, the lack of certified sites has been a weakness in growing jobs in our state. Now with “Ready, Set, Build!” job creators can come to Wisconsin with the ability to grow right away.

This intiative will increase the availability of pre-certified property ready for development, which will help attract and grow jobs in Wisconsin. Site certification will eliminate many of the delays associated with shovel-ready site identification, and ultimately increase Wisconsin’s competitiveness for business growth and job creation.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will be overseeing the “Ready, Set, Build!” proram and will be in charge of selecting a qualified businesses to provide site certification services. The WEDC is in the process of selecting a qualified firm with experience in corporate site selection and site certification. It is anticipated that the site certification program will be available for implementation in spring. A number of factors will go into evaluating these sites, such as minimum site size, utility and transportation infrastructure in place, physically and technically developable, environmental assessments, quality of labor force and support by local communities.

“Ready, Set, Build!” will help eliminate the lost opportunities for job creators looking to start a new business, expand or locate in Wisconsin by resolving pre-development issues involving things like clear titling, permits, zoning or public infrastructure.

This new initative will provide yet another opportunity for job creators to come and stay in Wisconsin. You can view a full report on the “Ready, Set, Build!” intiative by accessing the following website: http://walker.wi.gov/Images/News/2.14.12%20READY%20SET%20BUILD%20REPORT.pdf.

 

Wisconsin Exports Grow in 2011

This week the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection released information showing there was a record high in 2011 for Wisconsin agricultural exports, with a total value of $2.85 billion. The state’s agricultural exports in 2011 grew by 18% over 2010. Overall Wisconsin exports for 2011 increased by 11.4% to $22.0 billion according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

It is good news for our state’s economy that exports in Wisconsin are increasing. This shows how companies in Wisconsin are taking advantage of opportunities around the world to grow their own business and grow our economy. I am particularly pleased that agricultural exports continue to be strong—businesses and family farms from all across our state are exporting their products to customers around the world. It is important that we look to markets beyond our borders as one important strategy to produce job-creating growth for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin was ranked 16th among states for agricultural exports in 2011, an improvement from a rank of 17th in 2010. The top agricultural export markets for Wisconsin in 2011 were Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China, and Japan. The most valuable agricultural export category in 2011 was cereal grains, which includes wheat, corn and barley. Other top agricultural exports categories include beverages, dairy, eggs, and honey, baking-related products and miscellaneous foods.

Aside from agriculture, Wisconsin’s industrial machinery exports, which account for 31% of all state exports, increased 8.3% over 2010. The products with the largest increase in exports were construction and farm machinery and refrigerators and freezers. Exports of electrical machinery, transportation equipment, and paper products also increased in 2011. The top export markets for Wisconsin in 2011 were Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, and Australia. Exports to Canada accounted for 32.3% of the state’s total exports, an increase of 17% over 2010.

 

Apply to Serve in State Government

We have a substantial number of open positions available on various state boards, commissions and in other areas of state government. Please visit walker.wi.gov/Serve-Wisconsin to find information on these positions.

Positions frequently become available, so if you are interested in serving please apply and our office will keep your application on file. If you’ve been looking to get involved in state government this is a great way to use your skills to serve the residents of Wisconsin! 

Just Ask the Governor: Part V

Each e-update I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.

Question: Why did you choose to greet President Obama?

Answer: This week President Obama visited Wisconsin for the first time in about a year. The White House reached out to my office earlier this week and invited me to welcome the President to Wisconsin.

I have the utmost respect for the Office of the President of the United States.

I’ve used these opportunities to greet the President to share a few small pieces of Wisconsin sports with him. The last time President Obama came to Wisconsin I gave him a Packers jersey, this time I gave him his own Brewers jersey that had “Obama 1” printed on it.

I was also pleased that the President highlighted two companies we worked with during the past year to create jobs in Wisconsin. I worked closely with the City of Wausau to bring Collaborative Consulting to our state. The President also mentioned Diamond Precision Products, another company our administration worked with to help them grow in our state.

 

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