Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Marine Sergeant Carson A. Holmquist


Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Lowered in Honor of Marine Sergeant Carson A. Holmquist


Madison – Governor Scott Walker today ordered flags lowered in honor of Marine Sergeant A. Carson Holmquist, a Wisconsin native killed in a shooting at an operational support center operated by the U.S. Navy in Chattanooga, TN.

“Tonette and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of all of those affected by this senseless act of violence,” Governor Walker said.  “We honor the memory of Sergeant Carson Holmquist, and we will never forget the courage and sacrifice he displayed serving this great country.”

Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist was an active duty Marine who served a deployment in Afghanistan.  A native of Polk, Wisconsin, he entered active duty in January, 2009.

A copy of Governor Walker’s executive order relating to lowering the flags :



Governor Scott Walker Touts Wisconsin’s Pro-Business Climate to Canadian Business Leaders


Governor meets with executives to make the case for investing in Wisconsin


Montreal, Canada – Governor Scott Walker and officials with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) met today with dozens of Canadian business executives to make the case for why their companies should consider establishing or expanding operations in Wisconsin.

“We have a great story to tell about why Wisconsin deserves strong consideration from Canadian companies looking to expand in the U.S.,” said Governor Walker.  “Whether it’s our outstanding workforce, our strong education system, or the business-friendly policies that we have enacted over the last four years, there are plenty of reasons why Wisconsin is a strong option for Canadian businesses ready to grow.  Today’s meetings provided the opportunity to make the case in person.”

Governor Walker and WEDC leaders held several one-on-one meetings with individual companies in targeted industries in Montreal and also co-hosted a Wisconsin reception with the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada.  During the evening reception, Governor Walker and WEDC officials had the opportunity to personally engage with executives of Canadian companies that have expressed an interest in Wisconsin or expansion plans in unidentified locations.

Among the companies that Governor Walker and the Wisconsin delegation met with earlier Tuesday was Agropur Cooperative, a leading North American dairy processor that has four facilities and more than 800 employees in Wisconsin.  Agropur has completed an investment project of more than $110 million at its Luxemburg plant and is currently investing $55 million at its facility in Weyauwega.  At Tuesday’s meeting with company CEO Robert Coallier and U.S. Division President Doug Simon, Governor Walker received an update on those plans and also discussed how Wisconsin could assist the cooperative with future jobs and business operations expansion.

“Wisconsin, which is a leading state in dairy, represents a key region in our strategy and our recent investments there will allow us to accelerate our growth,” Coallier said.

Governor Walker also met with company officials at Domtar Inc., which has a Canadian corporate office and two paper mills in Wisconsin – in Nekoosa and Rothschild – that employ nearly 900 people.  At that meeting with Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Patrick Loulou and other top executives, Governor Walker learned more about the company’s current Wisconsin operations and future business plans.

“We enjoyed hosting Governor Walker and his team,” Loulou said.  “The meeting provided us with the opportunity to showcase Domtar, specifically our Rothschild and Nekoosa mills, to him and discuss items of importance to our business.”

The meetings are part of Governor Walker’s business development mission to Canada that wraps up on Wednesday.  The mission is focused on encouraging Canadian companies to consider establishing operations in Wisconsin or increasing their presence in the state. Joining Governor Walker on the trip are Katy Sinnott, vice president of International Business Development for WEDC, and Kristie Pulvermacher, WEDC’s business attraction and foreign direct investment manager.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Orders Flags Flown at Half Staff in Honor of Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde

Governor Scott Walker today signed Executive Order #158, ordering flags flown at half-staff tomorrow as a mark of respect for Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde, who died while stationed at the Kadena Air Base in Japan. 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Airman First Class Kelly Tomfohrde,” Governor Walker said.  “Her service to the country will not be forgotten.  We join those who are mourning a life lost way too soon.”

Tomfohrde, a member of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, was a native of Auburndale, and attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  She died April 5, 2015 from injuries sustained in a fall in Japan.

Governor Walker’s Executive Order.

E0 #158

Governor Walker Issues Executive Order Declaring a State of Emergency in Response to Ongoing Drought and Elevated Wildfire Conditions


Governor Scott Walker today issued Executive Order #157, which declares a State of Emergency in Wisconsin due to an increased likelihood of wildfires as a result of abnormally dry weather conditions throughout the state.  The risk of significant large fires is expected to extend at least through the end of May.

“Much of our state is in a moderate drought at this time, and we’re not expecting that will improve very soon,” Governor Walker said.  “The recent dry weather, in combination with other factors such as wind speeds and low humidity, create the perfect environment for volatile wildfires, which is a potential danger to the people of Wisconsin and their property, as well as our natural resources.  Therefore, I am calling upon the Wisconsin National Guard to assist the Wisconsin Emergency Management and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in wildfire suppression efforts.”

In addition to calling the Wisconsin National Guard to assist in wildfire prevention and suppression, Governor Walker also asks that all state agencies be ready to aid in potential wildfire response and recovery efforts.  To ensure prompt response to a potential wildfire threat, the DNR is currently monitoring weather conditions and fire behavior, and fire departments and fire suppression resources are on high-alert.

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Governor Scott Walker Announces US 41 Officially Added to Interstate System


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced today that U.S. 41 in the eastern part of the state has been officially added to the Interstate System as I-41.

“The Interstate designation is the culmination of years of hard work by federal, state, and local officials that will stimulate economic opportunities from Milwaukee to Green Bay and beyond,” Governor Walker said.  “Our Interstate system is a critical part of our infrastructure, which fuels commerce, helps grow the economy, and create jobs.”

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officially approved the Interstate designation – the final step in a process that began nearly 10 years ago.  Installation of about 3,000 new signs will begin this summer with signing expected to be completed by November 2015.

“The official designation of I-41 is tremendous news that will support the safe, efficient movement of people and commerce for many years to come,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb.  “Along with Governor Walker’s leadership, I want to thank former Congressman Tom Petri, our current Congressional delegation, state legislators, local government officials, and community leaders who helped make I-41 a reality.”

Wisconsin’s newest Interstate route runs concurrently with US 41 for the entire route.  I-41 begins at the I-94/US 41 interchange located about one mile south of the Wisconsin/Illinois border.  It follows I-94 north to the Mitchell Interchange, I-894 and US 45 around Milwaukee and then joins US 41 north to Green Bay where it ends at the I-43 Interchange.

Existing US 41 in the Milwaukee area will be re-routed to follow I-41 along I-894 and US 45.  Current US 41 along Lisbon Avenue and Appleton Avenue from I-94 at the Stadium Interchange northwesterly to the interchange with US 45 will be re-numbered WIS 175.

Additional benefits in designating US 41 part of the Interstate System include:

  • Interstates provide a corridor identify, which encourages growth.  Of the 26 major distribution centers in Wisconsin, 73 percent are located within five miles of an Interstate.
  • The design standards for the Interstate system ensure high levels of mobility and safety.
  • Interstate status will elevate US 41 from a regionally-known freeway to a nationally recognized corridor.  This will allow communities along the route to be competitive when large corporations are looking for market expansion locations.

In 2005, US 41 from Milwaukee to Green Bay was identified by the federal government for inclusion in the US Interstate Highway System.  Planning for the Interstate conversion began in 2007.  In May 2011, Governor Scott Walker committed state resources to continue work on the study and make I-41 a reality.  As part of this effort, federal legislation was needed to allow certain commercial trucks to continue operating on the corridor after Interstate conversion.  That legislation was passed in December 2014. 

Weekly Radio Address: Working for Wisconsin









Madison – Governor Scott Walker released his Weekly Radio Address today titled, “Working for Wisconsin.”

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

This week, we continued our work to build a better Wisconsin by announcing two new Project SEARCH sites under our Better Bottom Line initiative. Project SEARCH is a great program that helps young adults with disabilities get the employment training and skills they need to enter the workforce.

You see, when employers recognize the unique abilities of these students, it improves their bottom line. We are working to connect individuals with disabilities with the resources and the training they need to move towards greater independence and success in the workforce.

Countless employers across the state are already benefiting from working with these individuals and the hard work and dedication they bring to work, which is why we invested additional funds to expand Project SEARCH in our Blueprint for Prosperity.

Going forward, we are focused on continuing to improve workforce readiness for all Wisconsinites – so that everyone can enjoy the freedom and prosperity that comes from work.

Gov. Scott Walker rejects Kenosha casino plan

Gov. Scott Walker’s office announced on Friday that he will reject the plan for the Kenosha casino.

The Menominee Tribe and Hard Rock International wanted to build an $800 million complex on the former Dairyland Greyhound site, but Walker remained skeptical of the potential cost for the state.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the state and the Menominee Tribe made an agreement, or compact, that was sent off to the Bureau of Indian affairs for approval.
In the compact, the Menominee Tribe agreed to compensate the state for any future money the state is required to pay the Potowatomi Tribe. But taxpayers could still be on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars if the Potowatomi take this to court and win.
“The bottom line is we’re still trying to work with all of the interested parties to get to a point where the state doesn’t lose out on something like $100 million or more because of the compacts of Jim Doyle,” Walker said previously.
Both Walker, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Menominee could reject the compact between the state and the Menominee Tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Menominee have not announced their decisions.