STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Governor Scott Walker made a campaign stop in Stevens Point Wednesday. The Governor and his wife Tonnette were at the Berkshire Hathaway Noel Group offices, where the company is celebrating growth that has doubled their number of employees in six months.
Walker says part of helping create more jobs is to get more people trained quickly and in the right skill sets. That’s why he’s planning to announce additional Fast Forward program grants shortly. “Well this week, we’ll be announcing close to another 30 million dollars in Wisconsin Fast Forward grants that we’ll be doing to buy down the wait list in eight of our technical colleges, not just for those looking to find a new job, a better job that what they had or may have right now, but also help young people just coming into the market to make sure that there’s more opportunities to get the skill sets for the jobs that are coming.”
Walker continues to campaign on how his administration has reversed the trends of his predecessor Jim Doyle, and Doyle Commerce Secretary Mary Burke, who is now running against him. “The unemployment rate is down to 5.7%. It’s the lowest we’ve been at in five and a half years, well below the national average. The only time in the last 25 years it’s been higher, worse off in the state, was again during those same three years that Mary Burke worked for Jim Doyle.”
Wednesday, the Walker campaign criticized Burke for being hypocritical about outsourcing jobs overseas, when the Burke’s family’s Trek Bicycle company did exactly that after taking state incentives. “They’ve taken state taxpayer’s dollars and in turn shipped jobs overseas, and when she’s talking about that, and criticizing that of other companies, I think voters need to know that that’s something that Mary Burke has profited from her company, her own family company, it’s taken the taxpayer’s money and done just exactly that.”