Traveling Northern Wisconsin
Sometimes I feel like I'm living in that old country music song, "I've been everywhere, man, I've been everywhere." Since last Friday, I feel like I've been living north of Highway 10: Antigo, Rhinelander, New Richmond, Stevens Point, Appleton, Wausau, Superior, and Eau Claire. This is a great state, and it's my priviledge to travel all over it.
Whenever I'm out and about in Wisconsin, I see the many different sides of our state. In New Richmond, for instance, I visited Antlers by Klaus, which is the largest manufacturer of antler replicas in America. It's a great Wisconsin company that makes reproduction mounts for big sporting goods stores like Cabela's.
An important part of the Blueprint for Prosperity is our investment in increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities, an initiative we call the Year of the Better Bottom Line. In Appleton I stopped at Valley Packaging, Inc., which provides the dignity of a job and the power of a paycheck for their workforce while supporting a key Wisconsin industry.
And of course, there’s always time for tax reform. We held another roundtable in Rhinelander at Nicolet College. And our digital roundtable is available 24/7 – just go to taxreform.wi.gov to give us your two cents. Log on, learn, and speak out today!
Of course, tax relief is a constant theme for my travels wherever I am in the state. So in Antigo, Wausau, Superior, and Eau Claire, my mission was to talk up the sections of the Blueprint for Prosperity which cut taxes for homeowners and income taxpayers. Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch and I are calling it the “good news newspaper tour” as we visit with editorial boards to answer their questions and explain why tax reform is good for families and good for our economy.
Get out and Enjoy Wisconsin
Though it may not seem like it when you look out the window, the meteorologists tell us that warm weather is almost here (and hey, you can always trust your local TV anchor, right? I stopped by Stevens Point to talk Wisconsin Tourism with Secretary Klett and members of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners. Plan your Wisconsin summer trip for your family today, tell your friends in neighboring states to visit a Wisconsin landmark, and remember that the Department of Tourism is one of the best returns on taxpayer investment in state government.
Honoring our Law Enforcement Officers
This week I was honored to speak at the swearing-in ceremony for new members of our Capitol Police force. All our men and women in uniform - whether the armed forces abroad or first responders here at home - make tremendous sacrifices to keep our nation and our communities safe. We should frequently say "thank you" to those who serve and protect.