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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, March 13, 2017
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722

2017-2019 Budget: Governor Walker's Investment in Workforce Vital to Continued Growth

A Guest Column by Secretary Ray Allen; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

With a state unemployment rate at a 16-year low, the number of employed Wisconsinites at an all-time high and a labor force participation rate that is among best in the nation, our state's workforce and job creators are connecting talent with opportunity in every Wisconsin community.

Governor Scott Walker's 2017-19 budget further cements his commitment to develop Wisconsin's talent through solutions that address what is arguably employers' greatest challenge: finding skilled workers to fill openings today and in the months and years to come.

Examples of talent development innovations included in the Governor's budget proposal include:

Under Governor Walker's leadership, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is the state's premier talent development agency, providing employers and workers with proven solutions that match workers' skills with employers who have positions to fill.

I applaud the Governor for proposing a budget that will enable our agency, along with other state agencies, to build on the quality services we deliver to the people of Wisconsin while ensuring all programs operate as efficiently as possible.

For our part, we will remain committed to advancing a talent development system that supports a robust talent pipeline for employers and gives every person in Wisconsin who wants a job the skills and opportunity to find a job.