Last week in Milwaukee I hosted a roundtable discussion on job creation. Business and community leaders had one clear message: Wisconsin is ready to work, but we need all hands working together if we really want to create good jobs.
I'm ready to get Wisconsin back to work. That's why I brought together manufacturers, business and community leaders, workforce development experts, leaders from the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and representatives from local government for a frank discussion about what it really takes to create jobs right here in Wisconsin.
I heard from senior executives at Talgo North America, a major international manufacturer located in Milwaukee's 30th St. corridor, about how Scott Walker made Wisconsin an example of what businesses don't want when he rejected Talgo's plans to expand in Wisconsin.
"Don't worry -- we are NOT like Wisconsin," other states say hoping to lure this major manufacturer and job creator out of Wisconsin. "That's the worst branding a state can have," the Talgo CEO told me.
Dorothy Walker, another participant in the discussion and a dean at MATC, told me how she works with manufacturers to get training grants from the state, creating a pathway for quality jobs. "It takes business and government working together," she said. The dean would know -- she's been a welding instructor working with private sector businesses to create jobs for more than three decades.
We have just less than two weeks to defeat Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch. After the June 5 election, Tom Barrett and I will once again promote Wisconsin as a place that is serious about investing in the workforce businesses want and the jobs Wisconsin families need.
As your lieutenant governor, I will get all hands working to bring Wisconsin back together and create good jobs.