LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Governor Scott Walker will give his annual ‘State of the State' address January 22.
At a stop at ORC Industries in La Crosse, Governor Walker said that speech will be almost exclusively about the economy, which of course includes job creation and manufacturing.
ORC is a manufacturing plant that employs people with disabilities. The Governor says companies like ORC are vital and his address will include highlighting programs that encourage employing the disabled. The governor also says worker training will be a focus in the upcoming year.
"Over all it will be economic recovery, " Gov. Walker said. "Finding a way to bring everyone who wants a job, the ability to find a job in this state. and that means not only ways to improve economic development efforts and job creation, but also worker training. find ways, everything from short multi-week courses to our technical colleges to our UW-System and programs in between."
An address focused on job creation is what Democratic Rep. Steve Doyle says he wants to hear from the governor. However, Rep. Doyle also says he doesn't want talk alone, he wants action.
The Assembly passed Doyle's workforce adjustment training bill but it is still awaiting Senate approval.
"It's a workforce adjustment training bill that would not actually spend any more money than we're spending," Rep. Doyle said. "It just tweaks the program a little to allow us to give some of that money not just to employees, but to employers to train the employer to expand their market, to expand their product lines and so forth so that they will create the jobs that people out there are waiting to fill."
Rep. Doyle says he's meeting with the Governor this month in hopes of getting that bill pushed through the Senate.
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