NEW INFORMATION: Area leaders gather in Madison to bring local issues to the table

Published: Jan. 25, 2017 at 11:11 AM CST
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There were many red-and-white scarves at the State Capitol Wednesday as area civic leaders took part in the 23rd annual Chippewa Valley Rally.

The rally is the chance for Chippewa Valley officials to push for projects and interests important to them, especially with this being a budget year.

Eau Claire Area Chamber President Bob McCoy says this rally is not lobbying these elected officials, but rather appealing to them in a language they can understand.

"We know your first question is going to be, 'We don't have any money.' We know you have the money. It's just where are you going to prioritize the spending? All we're saying is 'These things are important to us.' and we want them to be aware of that, and it's worked,” said McCoy.

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Gov. Scott Walker told a crowd from the Chippewa Valley that everyone who wants a career can get one by the time he's done as governor.

The republican made his remarks at Madison's Best Western Inn on the Park during the Chippewa Valley Rally Wednesday morning. He touched on a range of issues, including the Wisconsin's 4 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in 16 years.

"We want to make sure by the time I'm done being your governor, that not only that everyone that wants a job gets a job, but everyone that wants a career can find a career. That everyone who's able to work is able to enter the workplace. My firm belief is there's only a limited number of people who are either physically or mentally incapable of working and we need to care for them. By making these transformations and changing things like Medicaid and food stamps, we'll game more resources for those in need of our assistance in this state. But, for everyone else, we want to transition them into the workplace," said Gov. Walker.

The rally is a chance for people from our area to meet with several lawmakers and discuss economic issues that are considered important to the Chippewa Valley. This is the 23rd year for the trip, which is sponsored by the Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Eau Claire Chambers of Commerce.

The group arrived in Madison around 10 a.m. Wednesday and attended their meetings with lawmakers during the afternoon. WEAU 13 News has a crew that joined the group on it's bus trip and is following along in Madison. You can see updates by following WEAU's Jesse Horne

, and watch for his live reports on WEAU 13 News at Noon, Five and Six.

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