Walker promotes Blueprint for Prosperity plan in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Governor Scott Walker said the state of Wisconsin has a more than $911 million surplus, and more than $800 million of that should go back to taxpayers.

“You’re the people who helped us create that,” said Walker.

Walker also said he wants to deposit more than $100 million into the state’s rainy day fund.

It’s part of the Governor’s Blue Print for Prosperity Plan, which he was promoting Thursday during a visit to Xetex in La Crosse.

The company makes heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment.

“We’re pleased about where things are headed, and there’s much more work that needs to be done, but today is the first day for us getting out there and making the case of doing just that,” said Walker.

Under Walker’s plan, funding for the Wisconsin Fast Forward program would increase by $35 million.

He said that money would go towards technical colleges to eliminate the waiting list in fields like manufacturing, agriculture and information technology.

Plus it would help high school students get training in these jobs through dual enrollment programs between high schools and technical colleges.

“Employers tell us repeatedly here and elsewhere that they’d take on more work if they knew they’d have a steady supply of welders and machinists and other key positions,” said Walker.

The funds would also help people with disabilities find jobs.

Democratic Representative Jill Billings said tax relief is appropriate, especially for property taxes.

However, she said she would also give some to the rainy day fund, municipality and county programs, job training and the public school system.

“Those kids that are in school right now are our next workforce, and I think that’s a really good investment in the future prosperity for Wisconsin,” said Billings.


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