Hiring People with Disabilities
The Governor declared 2014 “The Year of the Better Bottom Line”, a call for employers in our state to recognize people with disabilities as contributing members of Wisconsin's productive workforce. This also means more people with disabilities in Wisconsin will have access to training opportunities that will equip them with the skill sets employers are looking for in potential candidates.
To accomplish this goal, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (a part of our Dept. of Workforce Development) has increased the number of people it serves to 6,000! This increase reduces the waiting list of people with disabilities eagerly looking to access workplace training opportunities. Moreover, our Blueprint for Prosperity makes expanding DVR's programe a key goal for $35 million in new support for the Wisconsin Fast Forward Fund.
Empowering more Wisconsinites with the power of a paycheck is a top priority in Wisconsin under the Walker-Kleefisch administration. We will continue working hard every day to connect all of our state's citizens to rewarding employment opportunities.
Whether or not you have seen the 1980 film Airplane, directed by the Shorewood native Zucker brothers, check out this new Department of Tourism commercial reminding us that summer in Wisconsin will actually return and will build on all of the economic gains already made by Wisconsin’s tourism industry. Tourism is a taxpayer's best friend: for every $1 we invest, this industry returns $6. That's a great value and I stopped by the 2014 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Lake Geneva to thank industry leaders. I also verified that the star of the commercial, Kareem Abdul Jabar, really IS that tall (And a nice guy, to boot).
Women in Construction
What is one of the best ways to gauge the health of our economy? Look at construction trends. In Wisconsin construction activity is on the rise, with building permit numbers up 25%. I spoke with the Wisconsin Association of Women in Construction to offer support for the women in this 9 million+ person industry nationwide
Best Addition to My Resume All Year
As parents we all do what we think is best for our children and a lot of times that comes with our commitment to volunteer for kid activities. So when my 10 year-old Ella made her school musical, The Little Mermaid, I painted sets, drove carpool, and made four dozen starfish cookies for the concession stand. This weekend I'll be the stage mom for two of the performances and the nice people who run the show surprised me with this: a T-shirt designating me a member of the "Production Crew". Best addition to my resume all year. Here's to a week of keeping priorities, and my salute to busy moms and dads all over Wisconsin. Break a leg!