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Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

What did Scott Walker do this week? (06/14/14)

What did Scott Walker do this week?


This is a weekly blog outlining the many great things our governor is doing, some that, surprise surprise, don't get reported.

Governor Walker spoke to investors & underwriters of state bonds in NY about the economic & fiscal recovery in WI. He told them initial unemployment insurance claims in WI are running at the lowest level in the past 13 years:

Photo: We showed investors that initial unemployment insurance claims in WI are running at lowest level in past 13 years:



WI is in the Top Tier for manufacturing job growth:



Photo: We showed investors that WI is in Top Tier for manufacturing job growth:




WI income growth will strengthen through 2016:




Photo: We showed investors that WI income growth will strengthen through 2016:



WI unemployment rate will stay below (better) than the US average:




Photo: We showed investors that WI unemployment rate will stay below (better) than the US average:



WI is among a select few states successfully managing both pension & OPEB (Other Postemployment Benefits) funding:




Photo: We showed investors that WI is among select few states successfully managing both pension & OPEB funding:



The governor was definitely smiling about this.

He got a mention in this national article.



  Cheesemaker Willi Lehner is shown in the aging cave he built at his Bleu Mont Dairy in Blue Mounds, Wis., where he is able to control the temperature and humidity. Photo: jsonline

It was reported this week that the Food and Drug Administration was cracking down on the use of wooden boards in the aging of cheese. The FDA responded that no explicit ban was in place, though they are concerned about the practice. They sent a letter to the New York State government saying "The use of wooden shelves, rough or otherwise, for cheese ripening does not conform to cGMP requirements." Their reasoning was that these boards can't properly be sanitized, increasing the risk of Listeria and other pathogens spreading as cheeses ripen.”

The Journal Sentinel reported on the issue.


Governor Walker released the following statement regarding the FDA’s response to concerns with the use of wood in the cheese-aging process:


Wisconsin’s cheese industry is vitally important to our state, as well as the nation.  I am pleased with the FDA’s response to DATCP Secretary Brancel’s letter, as well as others voicing concern, signaling their plans to engage members of the cheese industry as they evaluate the use of wooden shelves to age cheese, a process that follows sanitation procedures already established in Wisconsin.  I look forward to working with the FDA and Secretary Brancel to ensure the use of wood in the cheese-aging process is able to continue in Wisconsin and across the country.

Governor Walker was on hand to congratulate twelve Project SEARCH participants for completing internship rotations at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 



Project SEARCH is a one-year transition program for young adults with disabilities, who are in their last year of high school.  It offers the interns the opportunity to learn transferable, marketable job skills, to help them secure employment after high school.  Governor Walker supported the expansion of Project SEARCH under his year of A Better Bottom Line initiative. “I’d like to congratulate all of the interns here today for your accomplishments and recognize your hard work,” Governor Walker said.  “Every student in Wisconsin deserves the opportunity to succeed, and that means you must have the opportunity to learn real-life job skills.  The work you’ve done here is the foundation for your success after high school, and your pathway to independence.”   

Governor Scott Walker spoke at the 86th Annual Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department of Wisconsin State Convention and signed Executive Order 137 creating the Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative.



“The hiring of qualified veterans, especially qualified veterans with a service-connected disability, should be codified as a priority of the State of Wisconsin.  These veterans have served our country honorably and should be considered for state employment if they so choose,” said Governor Walker.  “Veterans have the work ethic, commitment, teamwork skills, and leadership background, among other unique traits, which make them a valuable asset in state government.”

And Governor Walker wished President Bush a Happy 90th birthday!

Thanks Governor, and Happy Birthday Mr. President!

And Happy Flag Day everyone!






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