Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Governor Walker Calls for Increased Investment in Broadband during State of the State

Governor Walker gave his seventh State of the State address Tuesday afternoon. Much of the speech focused on developing Wisconsin’s workforce and reforms and investments his administration has made to get more people working. 

Walker also talked about his proposal to invest $35.5 million more to expand the broadband access grant program and help upgrade technology and train teachers from small and rural school districts. “This afternoon, I call on members of the state legislature to pass our plan as soon as possible to help connect everyone in the state,” Walker said.

He also discussed several proposals related to public education funding, including his plans to increase K-12 funding in the next state budget and cut tuition at UW.

“As promised, we will increase funding for public education,” said Walker. “I love public schools.”

However, he also reiterated his support for choice in education, saying “Whatever the option, when it comes to making the right choice for their daughters and sons, I trust parents.”

The Governor concluded his speech by highlighting his plans to push the federal government to allow Wisconsin to be a leader once again on welfare reform to get more people working.

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