The state of our state is historically strong.

Scott Walker

Walker

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. Our children deserve a great education that prepares them for college, careers and real life.

Health care systems in our state rank number one in the nation for quality, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Plus, everyone living in poverty is now covered under BadgerCare for the first time in the history of the state. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of people with access to health coverage in Wisconsin is one of the best in the nation.

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 hard-working 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.

We are getting positive things done for the people of Wisconsin.

Moving forward, I am laying out the 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, http://walker.wi.gov.

Just like families all across the state have had to do, over the past eight or nine years, we have made tough decisions. They paid off. Our reforms are working. The economy is growing. And Wisconsin has a sizable surplus.

As I promised, when we have a surplus, we will give it back to you, the hardworking taxpayers. This is your reform dividend. You deserve it.

So, we are proposing to create a child tax credit in Wisconsin.

Families across the state will receive $100 for every child, under 18, living at home. A couple hundred dollars more in the family budget could really make a difference, particularly when getting ready for the next school year.

It could be a new pair of shoes, a winter coat, activity fees at school or a co-pay at the doctor or dentist. We know sometimes Wisconsin families face challenges when making ends meet, and this new child tax credit can help.

And I ask you, the people of Wisconsin to talk to your lawmakers, and ask for rapid action on this Child Tax Credit and our entire Ambitious Agenda for 2018.

One of my great joys as your governor is traveling the state and visiting with so many of our wonderful citizens. Through our visits, I see how proud you are of your families; of your homes; of your work; of your small businesses and farms; of your schools; of your churches and places of worship; of your communities; of your state. 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.

Republican Scott Walker is governor of Wisconsin.

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new2Lax

After spending the majority of my working career in Minnesota, many in Minnesota feel the same way. They would love to have a Scott Walker in charge.

canman

Scooter’s legacy will be bankrupting Wisconsin and leaving several generations to pay for The Great Fox Con Scam. The future generations will have no recourse because Scooter ensured Fox Con is exempt for most environmental and worker protections. The rich couldn’t have bought a better lowlife.

johnnybragatti

Sounds like : "Ex-Lax" is in full tin_foil hat mode,
and it appears it"s on too tight.

ou812

AS SOMEBODY FROM MN. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SCOTT WALKER AS OUR GOVENOR!!!!!!!

Cassandra

Really? Are you tired of the lowered unemployment, better average incomes and better educational outcomes? Minnesota outranks Wisconsin on many levels, but, being the rabid partisan that you are, you'd throw it all away to have a republican in charge. That's really sad.

new2Lax

Well, Minnesota's population is better educated than Wisconsin, that's a fact but being there are 50 States we all can not be number one. I bet if you asked someone from Minnesota the same question, are you not tired of being below the States that rank above you, my guess, they would say, your just a rabid partisan and that would really be sad.

Cassandra

And Minnesotans are better off financially and have better environmental safeguards. The list goes on and on, proving that republican "leadership" in Wisconsin is driving the state down the tubes in favor of their wealthy donors. And you continue to cheer.

new2Lax

It would be a long time in coming if Walker got any credit from these lunatics on this site. Yes the State is doing well and it is because of Walker and you need not go any farther than that. Walker gets re-elected time after time because the State is doing well, yet these lunatics want to tell you something else, just look at the employment numbers etc. This is all because of the parties In charge,Trump on the Federal level and Walker on the State level. These are the things looked at by reasonable voters and why Walker and Trump are in charge.

PhysicsIsFun

Wanker keeps getting reelected because of suckers and greedy people. Which category are you? I think probably both. Yeah Wanker and Trump is responsible for good employment numbers and Obama had nothing to do with it. You know full well that then economy was heading for a depression at the end of G. Bush duh and fortunately we avoided that. Trump was busy looking for the Kenyan birth certificate and wanker was busy destroying public employee unions and hurting their take home pay. Maybe in the P.R. business you can polish a t*#d into gold, but you are having a hard time lying your way through this garbage, Look at Wanker's disastrous WEDC. That is a better example of his great abilities,

kingman10

don't forget Wanker's historic and well run and short lived presidential campaign. what a joke that was. It sure showed his inability to lead and lack of management abilities. Then he left saying he wanted someone else to over take Trump in the primaries. Now he is his biggest boot licker. What a dandy!

PhysicsIsFun

You and the current Republican Party are the worst thing to ever happen to this state, and Trump, Ryan, and the rest of the unpatriotic zealots that now control your party are doing their best to ruin our country.

johnnybragatti

Ten/Four !!!
Walker"s one of the very worst Govs. in the U. S.A.
Rigged elections and dark Koch money, will do that.

Clarification

Walker is rated in the bottom 10% of US governors. Look it up.

kingman10

Walker sure likes to pat himself on the back, taking credit for all things good and blaming others for bad things. He got to ride the good economic times under Obama, the longest economic expansion in history. No state is an island, no governor can do much when the rest of the country is having a severe recession. And despite Walkers attacks on the middle class worker, the state economy is doing well thanks to the national economy. Now we will see what the big corporate give away to foxconn will have on this state and its finite resources.

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