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Gov. Walker: Employers Looking For One Thing

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Governor Scott Walker said eliminating some of the stigma surrounding certain careers, like manufacturing, will help grow a skilled workforce.

The Governor made that statement Tuesday morning at a 7 Rivers Region economic breakfast at the UW-La Crosse Cartwright Center. Governor Walker said in all clusters of industry throughout the state, employers seek a common goal.

"One of the things they're looking for whether it's in Holmen, West Salem, Prairie du Chien or right here in La Crosse is employees," said Walker. "They need to have good, hardworking employees that are well-trained, well-prepared."

Walker expects Wisconsin's unemployment rate to continue to dip to around 5.5% this summer, and ultimately, he said better worker training programs will be responsible for a continued trend.

"Putting $100 million into workforce development is everything from short-term, multi-week courses, to two year degrees at our technical colleges to four year degrees at our universities and colleges throughout the state to even graduate level and medical school programs, realizing we have shortages in all of those areas," said Walker.

The Governor also touched on the issue of tax reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin saying the current proposals leave Wisconsin paying too much of the difference.

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