Walker: No comment on gays in Boy Scouts, venture capital plan coming soon, recommitting to a $75 million economic development loan fund

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is declining to weigh in on whether gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America.

Walker was asked about the issue Thursday following a speech at an economic development conference. Walker obtained the Boy Scouts' highest rank of Eagle Scout.

Walker says when he was in the Scouts the topic never came up. He says because the Boy Scouts are a private organization he doesn't want to weigh in on their policies.

Walker says, "I've got enough troubles and challenges dealing with what I have in state government to take on anybody else's challenges."

The Boy Scouts announced Wednesday it was putting off a decision on whether to ease its longstanding policy excluding gay Scouts and adult leaders.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he still doesn't know whether his proposal for bolstering investment capital in Wisconsin will be included in his budget or put forward in a separate bill for the Legislature to consider.

Walker said at a Thursday meeting of economic development leaders from around the state that he's still working on details of the venture capital plan. He says the exact size of the fund is still being determined and how best to leverage state tax dollars.

Investors have long complained about the lack of money available for startup businesses in Wisconsin.

A $400 million venture capital plan was put forward in 2011, but it died amid disagreement among politicians and special interest groups about how the program would work.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says he is recommitting to a $75 million economic development loan fund in his next budget, as well as increasing the amount of money dedicated to attracting international tourism and bolstering entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.

Walker detailed those and other parts of his budget at an economic development conference on Thursday.

Walker says other key parts of his plan, like creating a new investment fund, remain in development.

But Walker says he will invest an additional $6 million in a fund designed to help entrepreneurs and other startup businesses.

He also plans to make nearly $11 million available to a program designed to help market Wisconsin as a place to do business and add $500,000 to program aimed at helping veterans start their own businesses.


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