Get to Know a Cabinet Member

Gov. Scott Walker’s weekly e-update has included a new segment the past couple of weeks: Get to Know a Cabinet Member. As Governor, one of the most important tasks I have is to appoint and communicate with leaders in each state agency. These leaders, called secretaries, ensure agencies run smoothly and efficiently as they operate […]

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Walker Administration Focusing on Economic Development

Gov. Walker has indicated that workforce issues will be a priority for the upcoming legislative session, and there are several stakeholder groups holding ongoing meetings to offer suggestions and solutions to this important, yet challenging policy area. “Be Bold 2: Growing Wisconsin’s Talent Pool” Study Released Coming on the heels of the release of Tim […]

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Musical Chairs

A couple of recent changes in the make-up of the executive branch are worth mentioning. Also of note is a brush-up between the Treasurer and a handful of legislators. Corrections Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sec. Gary Hamblin is stepping down on October 26th to attend to health issues. Gov. Walker released the following statement on […]

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Walker Approves Updated Homeland Security Strategy

Gov. Scott Walker recently announced that he has approved the updated Wisconsin Homeland Security Strategy, which is a collaborative interagency effort to guide Wisconsin’s emergency response and recovery efforts to major disasters and emergencies. The strategy focuses on 11 specified priorities that include improving information sharing and analysis, cyber preparedness, maintaining the continuity of government […]

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Money Saving Ideas from the Public Become a Reality

Wisconsin’s Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Elimination Task Force has issued its second quarterly report of 2012. The report includes citizen suggestions and highlights state actions, which that helped save taxpayers money and make government more efficient.   “We are continuously looking for ways to reduce waste in government,” said Governor Walker. “Suggestions from state employees […]

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Wisconsin’s Budget Process

The latest brief from the Legislative Reference Bureau, Executive Budget Bills Enacted by the Wisconsin Legislature, 1931-2011, is an interesting look at the evolution and current status of Wisconsin’s state budget process. The detailed look at how each biennial budget is developed explains that the process has already started for agencies even though a budget […]

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Walker Signs Lean Government Initiative

Gov. Walker has signed Executive Order #66, calling on state agencies to look for ways to eliminate waste, save time, simplify operations and improve services to the public. Governor Walker’s Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission recommended the creation of a statewide Lean Government program. Lean is a continuous improvement philosophy that has been used to […]

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Zipperer Resigns Senate Seat to Join Walker Staff

A series of changes is leaving the Senate Democrats with a 17-15 majority and shuffling staff in the Walker Administration. Sen. Rich Zipperer, who currently represents the 33rd District, will resign his Senate seat and take on the role of Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel on August 6. The heavily Republican district […]

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Oh to be a Fly on the Potato Salad at the Beer and Brat Summit

As part of an effort to rebuild working relationships between legislators and the executive, Gov. Walker will be hosting a Beer and Brat Summit at the State of Wisconsin Executive Residence tonight. In an effort to provide a relaxed environment for lawmakers to socialize with each other and with the Governor, the event will not […]

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Wisconsin’s Political Outlook: Recall Results

On June 5th, Wisconsin became the third state to ever attempt to recall its governor, and the first where that governor was able to retain his seat. The implications of the election could spill over to November, but perhaps more interestingly, will change the debate at the national level. While Wisconsin’s 15 minutes months of […]

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