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From: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV [mailto:Cullen.Werwie@wisconsin.gov] Sent: Friday, January 21, 201111:28 AM To: Katrina Trinka Subject:

Per our phone conversation here's the info we discussed. Governor-elect Walker was able to convince a lame-duck, complete democrat controlled Legislature to reject union contracts.

It started by Governor-elect Walker sending a letter to legislative leadership (attached).

Then the unions approved the contracts. http:l/www.weau.com/news/headlines/Wis state union approves contract 111779449.html?ref=449

Lame-duck legislature calls itself into extraordinary session to take up contracts

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/111808334.html

Democrats bring down a republican-turned-independent state rep who was in jail for his 3'' drunk driving (along with one marijuana possession charge as well) to cast the deciding vote for passage in the State Assembly. State Senate Democrat majority leader votes no on the contracts, arguing they should have been passed prior to the election. AFSCME head calls the democrat leader "a whore." http://host. madison .com/wsj/news/loca1/govt-and-poI itics/article e836dc76-0862-11e0-a476-001cc4c03286. htm I

In addition to this, along the way major state newspapers editorialized in favor of Walker's position on public sector benefit reform, in part because of information we disseminated:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/111561299.html

http:l/host.madison.com/wsi/news/opinion/editorial/article c3ff9072-03f4-11e0-a66a-001cc4c03286.html

http:!fwww.sheboyganpress.com/article/20101214/SHE06/12140352/Editoriai-Give-Walker-a-shot-at-union-

concessions

http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20101130/0SH0602/11300363/Editoriai-Walker-deserves-maximum-

flexibility-to-balance-budget

I'll follow-up on Monday and let you know what time we can do an interview.

Thanks,

Cullen Werwie

Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott Walker Press Office: {608} 267-7303 Emoi/: Cullen. Werwie@W/.Gov

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House GOP leader says no federal bailout of states

(AP)- 14 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP)- A top House Republican said Monday that the federal government will not bail out fiscally ailing states and said he opposes a proposal that Congress allow states to declare bankruptcy as a way of handling their growing piles of debt.

Though there has been little discussion of Washington bailing out states, some congressional Republicans and conservative groups are suggesting that states be allowed to seek protection in federal bankruptcy court, which they are currently barred from doing. Public employee unions, liberal groups and some lawmakers of both parties oppose the bankruptcy idea.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters Monday that he believes states already have the tools they need to ease crushing budget deficits since they can cut spending, raise taxes and pressure public employee unions to renegotiate their contracts and pension benefits. As a result, he said, he opposes letting states declare bankruptcy because he said they don't need that power.

While some conservatives say that allowing states to declare bankruptcy would prevent a federal bailout of states, Cantor said he disagreed.

"We don't need that to stave off a federal bailout. There will be no bailout of states," he said. "The states can deal with this and have been able to do so on their own."

Supporters of allowing states to declare bankruptcy say it is the best way for states to dig themselves out of debt. Opponents say the idea will drive up borrowing rates for states on the already shaky municipal bond market and make it easier for states to cut government workers' benefits and pensions, even though those benefits are just a minor cause of states' budget problems.

Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico expect to run up budget gaps during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, according to a December report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-one expect spending to outpace tax collections and other revenue by more than 10 percent, the report said.

For their upcoming fiscal year, the 50 states face combined projected deficits of about $125 billion, according to Iris Lav, a senior adviser with the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. About one-fifth of President Barack Obama's $814 billion economic stimulus law has gone to help states reduce their budget deficits and help pay for costs like education and Medicaid since 2009, but that aid is winding down.

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The idea of letting states declare bankruptcy -

suggested by conservatives such as Newt Gingrich, the fonner GOP House speaker who is a possible 2012 presidential contender. Fonner Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, another potential presidential candidate, told a group of New Hampshire Republicans on Monday that the idea is worth considering as a way to avoid costly pension liabilities.

such a move could let states restructure their debts -has been

Cities and counties are already permitted to declare bankruptcy.

"It currently looks to be one of the best options to prevent a federal bailout of the most fiscally reckless states," said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, which also · champions the idea.

Government labor unions see the idea as one that is aimed directly at them because it would give states more leverage in trimming workers' benefits and pensions, and because the proposal makes it appear that state workers are a major cause of states' budget problems. Even if the proposal fails to become law- a strong scenario given Democrats' control of the Senate and White House- it could still hurt unions, they say.

"I think the goal is to create an issue-frame in states in severe fiscal straights in which public employee unions are mainly responsible for this. We strongly disagree with that notion," said Charles Loveless, director of legislation {or the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

With many investors already fleeing the municipal bond market, even discussion ofletting states declare bankruptcy further weakens municipal bonds because it "injects more buzz, or more of what's referred to as headline risk," said Paul S. Maco, an attorney and former top Securities and Exchange Commission official under President Bill Clinton.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about the state bankruptcy idea at a Senate hearing earlier this month. Bernanke was noncommittal.

"Bailing out a state is not an option," Cornyn spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said of the senator's concerns. "But we need to explore what, if anything, should be done."

Kate Dickens, spokesman for Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said Kirk believes Congress should give states the power to declare bankruptcy and avoid default and is talking to other lawmakers about potential legislation. Illinois lawmakers recently voted for a 66 percent hike in personal income tax, from 3 percent to 5 percent, to address a $15 billion deficit that amounts to more than half of the state's general fund. The tax increase will be coupled with strict 2 percent limits on spending growth.

"Governors should have the option of reorganizing to operate under lower costs. This allows essential functions to continue, no federal bailout and the state preserves its credit," Dickens said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said his panel will hold a hearing on the issue in two weeks and expressed misgivings about the idea. In a written statement, he cited constitutional and policy concerns, "including whether state bankruptcy will actually encourage more irresponsible spending by states."

Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said GOP governors oppose state bankruptcies and a federal bailout of states because states should be forced to live within their means.

Ray Scheppach, executive director of the bipartisan National Governors Association, said he is aware of no states or governors interested in the idea of being allowed to declare bankruptcy.

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"Who would tum over a state's whole fiscal situation to a judge?" said Scheppach.

AP Business Writer Daniel Wagner in Washington and Associated Press writer Philip Elliott in Concord, NH, contributed to this report.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

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House GOP leader says no federal bailout of states

(AP) -14 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP)- A top House Republican said Monday that the federal government will not bail out fiscally ailing states and said he opposes a proposal that Congress allow states to declare bankruptcy as a way of handling their growing piles of debt.

Though there has been little discussion of Washington bailing out states, some congressional Republicans and conservative groups are suggesting that states be allowed to seek protection in federal bankruptcy court, which they are currently barred from doing. Public employee unions, liberal groups and some lawmakers of both parties oppose the bankruptcy idea.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters Monday that he believes states already have the tools they need to ease crushing budget deficits since they can cut spending, raise taxes and pressure public employee unions to renegotiate their contracts and pension benefits. As a result, he said, he opposes letting states declare bankruptcy because he said they don't need that power.

While some conservatives say that allowing states to declare bankruptcy would prevent a federal bailout of states, Cantor said he disagreed.

"We don't need that to stave off a federal bailout. There will be no bailout of states," he said. "The states can deal with this and have been able to do so on their own."

Supporters of allowing states to declare bankruptcy say it is the best way for states to dig themselves out of debt. Opponents say the idea will drive up bonowing rates for states on the already shaky municipal bond market and make it easier for states to cut government workers' benefits and pensions, even though those benefits are just a minor cause of states' budget problems.

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Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico expect to run up budget gaps during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, according to a December report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-one expect spending to outpace tax collections and other revenue by more than 10 percent, the report said.

For their upcoming fiscal year, the 50 states face combined projected deficits of about $125 billion, according to Iris Lav, a senior adviser with the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. About one-fifth of President Barack Obama's $814 billion economic stimulus law has gone to help states reduce their budget deficits and help pay for costs like education and Medicaid since 2009, but that aid is winding down.

The idea of letting states declare bankruptcy -

suggested by conservatives such as Newt Gingrich, the former GOP House speaker who is a possible 2012 presidential contender. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, another potential presidential candidate, told a group ofNew Hampshire Republicans on Monday that the idea is worth considering as a way to avoid costly

pension liabilities.

such a move could let states restructure their debts -has been

Cities and counties are already permitted to declare bankruptcy.

"It currently looks to be one of the best options to prevent a federal bailout of the most fiscally reckless states," said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, which also champions the idea.

Government labor unions see the idea as one that is aimed directly at them because it would give states more leverage in trimming workers' benefits and pensions, and because the proposal makes it appear that state workers are a major cause of states' budget problems. Even if the proposal fails to become law- a strong scenario given Democrats' control of the Senate and White House- it could still hurt unions, they say.

"I think the goal is to create an issue-frame in states in severe fiscal straights in which public employee unions are maiuly responsible for this. We strongly disagree with that notion," said Charles Loveless, director of legislation for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

With many investors already fleeing the municipal bond market, even discussion ofletting states declare bankruptcy further weakens municipal bonds because it "injects more buzz, or more of what's referred to as headline risk," said Pail! S. Maco, an attorney and former top Securities and Exchange Commission official under President Bill Clinton.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about the state bankruptcy idea at a Senate hearing earlier this month. Bernanke was noncommittal.

"Bailing out a state is not an option," Cornyn spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said of the senator's concerns. "But we need to explore what, if anything, should be done."

Kate Dickens, spokesman for Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said Kirk believes Congress should give states the power to declare bankruptcy and avoid default and is talking to other lawmakers about potential legislation. Illinois lawmakers recently voted for a 66 percent hike in personal income tax, from 3 percent to 5 percent, to address a $15 billion deficit that amounts to more than half of the state's general fund. The tax increase will be coupled with strict 2 percent limits on spending growth.

"Governors should have the option of reorganizing to operate under lower costs. This allows essential functions to continue, no federal bailout and the state preserves its credit," Dickens said.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said his panel will hold a hearing on the issue in two weeks and expressed misgivings about the idea. In a written statement, he cited constitutional and policy concerns, "including whether state bankruptcy will actually encourage more irresponsible spending by states."

Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said GOP governors oppose state bankruptcies and a federal bailout of states because states should be forced to live within their means.

Ray Scheppach, executive director of the bipartisan National Governors Association, said he is aware of no states or governors interested in the idea of being allowed to declare bankruptcy.

"Who would turn over a state's whole fiscal situation to a judge?" said Scheppach.

AP Business Writer Daniel Wagner in Washington and Associated Press writer Philip Elliott in Concord, NH, contributed to this report.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

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RE: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce

Development Committee

I am going to send a note to EAs regarding participation in Committee hearings. Will cc you.

From: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 4:04 PM To: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV; Polzin, Cindy M - GOV; Liedl, Kimberly- GOV; Schutt, Eric - GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

I need to see any testimony, presentations, or handouts in advance.

Ryan Murray

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Office of the Governor Main: 608-266-1212 Email: r. murrav@wisconsin. qov

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:49 PM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Polzin, Cindy M - GOV; Liedl, Kimberly- GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: FW: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Do you guys want to be involved in this stuff? I don't know that Cullen and I have the knowledge on particular agency agendas to be particularly helpful.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

From: Dipko, John A - DWD Sent: Monday, January 24, 20112:22 PM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Liedl, Kimberly- GOV; Kikkert, Becky- GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E- DWD; Baumbach, Scott C- DWD Subject: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this

hearing the day after tomorrow.

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Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee members (and others in the audience}. He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

Thanks! --jd

Assembly

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

The committee will hold an infotmational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

!O:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeldt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy, President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Smyth, Policy Advisor

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Lied I, Kimberly- GOV; Kikkert, Becky- GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E - DWD; Baumbach,

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Scott C- DWD; Murray, Ryan M - GOV RE: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

John- You should send all testimony, presentations, or handouts in advance to Ryan Murray.

Ryan Murray

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Office of the Governor Main: 608-266-1212 Email: r.murrav@wisconsin.gov

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

From: Dipko, John A - DWP Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:22 PM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Liedl, Kimberly- GOV; Kikkert, Becky- GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E- DWD; Baumbach, Scott C - DWD Subject: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this hearing the day after tomorrow.

Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee members (and others in the audience). He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

Thanks! --jd

Assembly

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INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

The committee will hold an informational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, January 26,2011

!O:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeldt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy, President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Smyth, Policy Advisor

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Representative Joan Ballweg Chair

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Subject:

RE: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

I need to see any testimony, presentations, or handouts in advance.

Ryan Murray

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Office of the Governor Main: 608-266-1212 Email: r.murrav@wisconsin.gov

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2·:49 PM To: Murray, Ryan M- GOV; Polzin, Cindy M - GOV; Lied!, Kimberly- GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: FW: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Do you guys want to be involved in this stuff? I don't know that Cullen and I have the knowledge on particular agency agendas to be particularly helpful.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303

Email: chris.schrimpf@wisconsin.gov

From: Dipko, John A- DWD Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:22 PM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Lied!, Kimberly- GOV; Kikkert, Becky - GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E - DWD; Baumbach, Scott C - DWD Subject: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this hearing the day after tomorrow.

Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee members (and others in the audience). He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

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Thanks! --jd

Assembly

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

The committee will hold an infmmational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, January 26,2011

!O:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeldt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy, President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Smyth, Policy Advisor

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Representative Joan Ballweg Chair

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RE: Manny to testify

1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

I just sent Ryan a message asking if I can send a note EAs regarding testifying and appearances to committee. I would most definitely have something in there of letting you/cullen know-

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:49 PM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Polzin, Cindy M : GOV; Liedl, Kimberly- GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV . Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: FW: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Do you guys want to be involved in this stuff? I don't know that Cullen and I have theknowledge on particular agency agendas to be particularly helpful.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

From: Dipko, John A - DWD Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:22PM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Liedl, Kimberly - GOV; Kikkert, Becky - GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E - DWD; Baumbach, Scott C - DWD Subject: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this hearing the day after tomorrow.

Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee members (and others in the audience). He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

Thanks! --jd

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Assembly

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

The committee will hold an informational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

!O:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeldt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy, President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Smyth, Policy Advisor

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Representative Joan Ballweg Chair

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Downing, Karley - GOV

From:

Schrimpf, Chris - GOV

Sent:

Monday, January 24, 2011 2:49 PM

To:

Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Polzin, Cindy M - GOV; Lied I, Kimberly- GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV

Cc:

Werwie, Cullen J - GOV

Subject:

FW: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Do you guys want to be involved in this stuff? I don't know that Cullen and I have the knowledge on particular agency agendas to be particularly helpful.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

From: Dipko, John A- DWD Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:22 PM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris- GOV Cc: Lied!, Kimberly - GOV; Kikkert, Becky- GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E- DWD; Baumbach, Scott C- DWD Subject: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this hearing the day after tomorrow.

Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee members (and others in the audience). He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

Thanks! --jd

Assembly

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

10

The committee will hold an informational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

lO:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeldt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy, President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Smyth, Policy Advisor

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Representative Joan Ballweg Chair

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Downing, Karley - GOV

From:

Schrimpf, Chris - GOV

Sent:

Monday, January 24, 2011 2:26 PM

To:

Esser, Eric- GOV

Cc:

Werwie, Cullen J - GOV

Subject:

FW: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Eric- Thoughts?

Chris Schrimpf Communications Director Office ofthe .Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

. From: Dipko, John A - DWD Sent: Monday, January24, 2011 2:22PM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Uedl, Kimberly- GOV; Kikkert, Becky- GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E - DWD; Baumbach, Scott C- DWD Subject: Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee ·

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this hearing the day after tomorrow.

Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee members (and others in the audi.ence). He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

Thanks! --jd

Assembly

INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee onLabor and Workforce Development

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The committee will hold an informational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

!O:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeidt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy,President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Sinyth, Policy Advisor

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Representative Joan Ballweg Chair

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Dipko, John A- DWD Monday, January 24, 2011 2:22 PM Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Lied\, Kimberly- GOV; Kikkert, Becky - GOV; Maxwell, Georgia E- DWD;_ Baumbach, Scott C- DWD Manny to testify 1/26 before Labor & Workforce Development Committee

Cullen/Chris: Good afternoon- Manny will be introducing himself and providing an overview of DWD at this hearing the day after tomorrow.

Georgia asked that I reach out to you to find out the extent to which the Governor's Office would like to be involved in the presentation/messaging.

We're working on a Power Point at Manny's request to present on Wednesday morning and will be leaving copies with Committee member-s (and others in the audience). He will not be submitting formal written testimony beyond the slides.

Please let us know how you'd like us to proceed.

Thanks! --jd

Assembly

.INFORMATIONAL HEARING

Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

The committee will hold an informational hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

.Wednesday, January 26,2011

.!O:OOAM

415 Northwest

State Capitol

- TESTIMONY WILL BE FROM INVITED SPEAKERS ONLY.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Manuel "Manny" Perez

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Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Phillip Neuenfeldt, President

Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Dr. Robert P. Borremans, Executive Committee Chair

Wisconsin Technical College System Daniel Clancy, President; Annette Severson, Associate Vice-President for Instruction; Conor Smyth, Policy Advisor

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"Representative Joan Ballweg Chair

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Schrimpf, Chris- GOV Monda1v. January 24, 201112:32 PM Werwie, Cullen J - State Bankruptcy Is a

Werwie, Cullen J - State Bankruptcy Is a Bad Idea

Governor- Since we were talking about this in the meeting this morning, wanted to make sure you saw this op-ed that Cullen saw in the Wall Street Journal today.

State Bankruptcy Is a Bad Idea Politicians aheady havethe power to tame public unions without roiling municipal bond markets. They merely have to use it. ·By E.J. MCMAHON

As states struggle with enorinous deficits and exploding pension costs,. some analysts are urging Congress to enact a law enabling states to declare bankruptcy the way municipalities can under Chapter 9 of the federal · ,bankruptcy code. This is a bad idea. A state bankruptcy provision could create more problems than it solves.

Bankruptcy proponents understandably worry that states such as California and Illinois are so deep in the hole they niay end up petitioning Congress for federal relief. To forestall this possibility, the argument goes, even the threat of bankruptcy would give governors and legislators a powerful new weapon for forcing concessions from recalcitrant public employee unions.

Yet state officials committed to cutting costs already have options for putting the squeeze on their unions. One is the threat ofmass layoffs, which most governors can impose unilaterally. Go,vernors and legislators also can prospectively freeze wages or even cut them through involuntary furloughs, as California and several other states did over the past two years.

True, management (i.e., taxpayers) often starts from a weak position in contract talks with government unions. But governors and legislators have the power to change that, too-because the bargaining rights of state and local government unions are primarily a matter of state law.

.By reopening their collective bargaining statutes, state officials can narrow the terms of future negotiations- restricting compulsory arbitration, say, or taking retiree health insurance off the table and making it a · management prerogative. They can also pressure unions by revoking privileges such as the employer-collected <:lues checkoff. They can even eliminate future union contracts.

This is not as unlikely as it may sound. At least 18 states already outlaw collective bargaining with some categories of government employees; Virginia and North Carolina prohibit it for all public workers. Two newly elected Republican governors, Scott Walker in Wisconsin and John Kasich in Ohio, have threatened to dismantle their state bargaining statutes if unions fail to make concessions.

For constitutional reasons, any federal law enabling state bankruptcy would have to be voluntary, meaning states would have to invite federal judges to play tough with their unions. But if Gov. Jerry Brown and the

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California legislature are unwilling to rewrite their collective bargaining rules-signed into law by Mr. Brown himself, 33 years ago-why assume they would plead with a federal judge to do it for them?

It's more likely that a state like California would pursue bankruptcy if powerful unions and other budget- dependent interest groups saw this as a way to deflect some of the pain to bondholders. California. is one of the states that constitutionally guarantees its general obligation debt, and whose bondholdei'S are now seemingly untouchable. That could change with a bankruptcy option.

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Such an option would certainly rattle the bond market-which bankruptcy proponents see as a good thing. Yet ·this ignores the potential for collateral damage and disruption. While bond spreads might get wider for the most troubled states, the enactment of a state bankruptcy law is likely to raise the cost of borrowing for all municipal issuers.

M~ch of the talk about state bankruptcy has centered on the solvency threat posed by unfunded public pension liabilities of as much as $3 trillion, according to an estimate by Joshua Rauh ofNorthwestern University. This is truly a significant concern, complicated in some cases by state constitutions that make it impossible to claw back unaffordable benefits for current workers.

However, while most public pension liabilities are pooled in statewide, off-budget trust funds, they largely

reflect the cost of retirement benefits· promised to

municipalities, not state governments. This raises another complication: Could a judge in a state bankruptcy proceeding interfere with thepension obligations oflocalities?

teachers, cops and firefighters--who mainly work for

A growing number of states are finally starting to get serious about pension reform. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who confronts one of the nation's worst pension underfunding problems, is using the prospect of insolvency- to push for significant pension reductions. Bankruptcy could complicate this task. If Mr. Christie somehow persuaded a Democrat-dominated state legislature to join him in asking a federal judge to reduce pensions, New Jersey's unions might be that much quicker to seek a federal bailout.

The focus of state bankruptcy advocates on employee compensation costs is somewhat misplaced. More than half of all state expenditures go to Medicaid, K ~12 public school aid and other transfer payments. These are the ·

areas-not current pension bills or debt service-that have been the prime source of misustainable and unaffordable spending growth in state budgets.

The biggest state budget gaps will never be closed until politicians use the tools they already have to challenge the overweening power of public employee unions. Meanwhile, Washington can help by lifting some of the .burdens it imposes on the states. Converting Medicaid into a block grant, for example, would remove one big excuse governors riow have for failing to do more to control their health-care costs. By giving states more flexibility to deal with this program and other federal mandates, Congress will have greater justification for telling governors to fix their own problems.

Mr: McMahon is St4te Policy.

a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and its Albany-based Empire Center for New York

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor . Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

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24, 201111:21 AM Schrimpf, Chris - Phone number change Cullen.Werwie Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott
24, 201111:21 AM Schrimpf, Chris - Phone number change Cullen.Werwie Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott

Cullen.Werwie Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott Walker Press Office: {608) 267-7303

. Email: Cullen.Werwie@WI.Gov

.www.walker.wi.gov

-----Original Message----- From: Katrina Trinko [mailto Sent: Monday, January 24, To:Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE:

Monday, January 24, To:Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE: Hey, my phone stopped working, so

Hey, my phone stopped working, so I've switched lines for today-- could you please have the governor call me a~

-Thanks!

.

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-----Original Message----- From: Werwie, Cullen J- GOV [mailto:Cullen.Werwie@wisconsin:gov] Sent: Monday, January 24, 2011 9:21AM To: Katrina Trinko Subject: RE:

Got it. I'll have him give you a ring (he'll be in the car).

Cullen Werwie Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott Walker Press Office: (608) 267-7303 Email: Cullen.Werwie@WI.Gov

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Trinko [mailto Sent: Monday, January 24, To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE: 27 best

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best number to call you at?

2:30 central definitely works should call?

although just to clarify, I'm on the east coast, so that's 3:30 for me. Is there a number I

Thanks so much for setting this up!

Best,

Katrina

From: Werwie, Cullen J- GOV [Cullen.Werwie@wisconsin.gov] Sent: Monday, January 24, 20119:08 AM To: Katrina Trinko Subject: FW:

Just looking to firm up the details of the call with Governor Walker today-Does 2:30 central (1:30 your time) work for you?

Thanks;

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From: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Sent: Friday, January 21, 201111:17 AM To: Katrina Trinko Subject: RE:

Contact Jim Pugh, he works for Wisconsin's Chamber of Commerce. If you shoot email, you should be able to get in touch with you from there. My guess is will be able to point you to people on the record.

guess is will be able to point you to people on the record. Thanks, ··Cullen Werwie

Thanks,

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From: Katrina Trinko [m Sent: Friday, January 21, 2011 To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE:

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Hi Cullen,

Thanks for sending along all this information I Very helpful.

By the way, if you would have any suggestions as to who else might be worth talking about this issue, both about what Gov. Walker is doing and how serious the issue of state employee compensation is for the state, please let me know.

Best,

Katrina Trinka

National Review

please let me know. Best, Katrina Trinka National Review From: Werwie, Cullen J- GOV

From: Werwie, Cullen J- GOV [mailto:Cullen.Werwie@wisconsin.gov] Sent: Friday, January 21, 201111:28 AM To: Katrina Trinka . Subject:

Per our phone conversation here's the info we discussed. Governor-elect Walker was able to convince a lame-duck, complete democrat controlled Legislature to reject union contracts.

It started by Governor-elect Walker sending a letter to legislative leadership (attached).

Then the unions approved the contracts.

http://www.weau.com/news/headlines/Wis_state_union_approves_contract_111779449.html?ref=449

Lame-duck legislature calls itself into extraordinary session to take up contracts

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/111808334.html

Democrats bring down a republican-turned-independent state rep who was in jail for his 3rd drunk driving (along with one rnarijuana possession charge as well) to cast the deciding vote for passage in the State Assembly. State Senate Democrat majority leader votes no on the contracts, arguing they should have been pa,ssed prior to the election. AFSCME head calls the democrat leader "a whore."

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_e836dc76-0862-11e0-a476-001cc4c03286.html

.In ~.ddition to this, along the way major state newspapers editorialized in favor of Walker's position on public sector benefit reform, in part because of information we disseminated:

http://www.jso nline .com/news/o pinion/111561299.htm I http:/ /host. mad iso n.com/wsj/news/ o pinion/ ed ito ria 1/ article_ c3ff9072 -03f4-11e0-a66a-00 1cc4c03286. htm I

http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20101214/SHE06/12140352/Editoriai-Give-Walker-a-shot-at-union-

concessions http://www. the northwestern .com/ a rticle/20101130/0SH0602/ 11300363/Editoria 1-Wa Ike r-deserves-maximum- flexibility-to-balance-budget

I'll follow-up on Monday and let you know what time we can do an interview.

Thanks,

Cullen Werwie

Press Secretary

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[presssec] STATES CALL ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE DEFICITS

NGA NEWS RELEASE

FORIMMEDlATE RELEASE January 24, 2011 Contact: Krista Zaharias, 202-624-5367

STATES CALL ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE DEFICITS

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The National Governors Association (NGA) today sent a letter to Congress calling on the federal government to work cooperatively with states to reduce deficits, restore fiscal discipline and promote economic growth and long-term prosperity.

This month, 29 new governors - the largest class in history - assumed office facing collective budget deficits of $175 billion through 2013. This amount is on top of the $230 billion in budget gaps states filled between fiscal years 2009 and -2011. Because states have to balance their budgets, the $175 billion shortfall will have to 'be filled through spending cuts or increased fees and taxes.

"Over the last two years, states have made significant changes cutting spending by more that 10.7 percent- $75 billion- tapping rainy day funds, shrinking the size of government and streamlining state services," said NGA Chair Washington Gov~ Chris Gregoire. "Unfortunately, more difficult decisions will have to be made over the next few years."

"Governors encourage the federal government to follow the lead of states and make the tough de~Jisions to ensure the long-term strength of states and the country," said NGA Vice Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.

Governors call on the Administration and Congress to adhere to the following principles for state-federal deficit reduction:

• Federal reforms should be designed to produce savings for both the federal government and states;

• Deficit reduction should not be accomplished by merely shifting costs to states or imposing unfunded . mandates;

• States _should be given increased flexibility to create efficiencies and achieve results; and

• Congress should not impose maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions on states as a condition of fnnding.

Governors have a duty to be good fiscal stewards of taxpayer dollars. The recession forced many states to take difficult short-tenn actions to balance budgets and to find innovative ways to make government more efficient and productive · instrument that can do more with less. The federal government should now do the same.

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commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staffmembers with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key fedewl issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.

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Thanks, I hadn't read it. May send around to the allies monday.

-----Original Message ----- From: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Sent: Sunday, January 23, 201108:19 PM ;ro: Schrimpf,Chris- GOV Subject: FW: Weekend News Update- 01/23/11

That Wisconsin State Journal Editorial was great. It basically endorses cutting public employee benefits.

From: Evenson, Tom- GOV Sent: Sunday, January 23, 201112:53 PM To: Evenson, Tom- GOV Subject: Weekend News Update- 01/23/11

Office of Governor Scott Walker- Weekend News Update for January 22- 23

News Summary:

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On WednesdaX, President Obama will visit Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc. ·

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GAB director says ending same day registration could be costly.

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State Dems bear down for a "long, hard session."

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Go Pack Go !<http:/I espn .go .com/nfl/playoffs/2010/matchu p/_/teams/ packers-bears>

Nation

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc; WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI <http://www.wispolitics,com/index.lmi?Article=224222>The President will tour Orion Energy Systems, a power technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys energy efficiency and renewable energy technology for commercial and industrial business, and deliver remarks on the economy to employees. Milwaukee

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Stepp's start at DNR not without controversy <http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/114432209.html> by Lee Bergquist- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"There's been a lot of rhetoric," Stepp said. "(Employees) are reading a lot of things and I think it's scaring them."

The push to end election-day registration in Wisconsin: How strong is the case?<http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/114376604.html> . '

by Craig Gilbert- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Repealing it would be shortsighted and would be a tremendous disservice to the voters,'' says Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board, who also called it a "financially foolhardy step to take."

Start jobs-created clock Nov. 1? <http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/114392534.html>

by Steven Walters- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gov. Scott Walker is so serious about his promise to create 250,000 new jobs in four years that he said in December he would like to have that number prominently tattooed on the body of each cabinet secretary.

Madison

State Dems in Legislature in for 'long, hard session'<http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-

politics/article_1c089e96-2658-11e0-b601-001cc4c03286.html>

by Clay Barbour and Mary Spicuzza - Wisconsin State Journal

"This is very disheartening," said Grigsby, looking tired following the meeting. "We are in for a very long, hard session."

Our 2011 agenda starts with fixing the state

budget<http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/editorial/article_6af3cbb2-2675-11eO-af6a-001cc4c03286.html>

· Editorial- Wisconsin State Journal ·

One of the State Journal editorial board's top agenda items for the coming year is to fix the state budget mess.

Green Bay/Appleton

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·Border battles no more than silly

diversion<http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20110123/0SH0602/110122053/Editoriai-Border-battles-no-more-

than-silly-diversion>

Editorial- Oshkosh Northwestern

The drawback to such border battles is that it serves as a diversion from the serious issues we face within our own borders that will have a far greater impact on our long-term viability and ability to attract businesses than what happens in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota or Michigan.

Wausau/Rhinelander

Job creation, climate change a murky

business<http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20110123/CWS0101/101230463/Job-creation-climate-change-

a-murky-business>

by Kirsten Adshead- Wisconsin Reporter, Published in the Marshfield News Herald

That's the picture Gov. Scott Walker and the newly installed Republican legislative leadership envision as, weeks after taking charge of the state's government, they push through wide-ranging, business-friendly legislation such as tort reform, tax cuts for businesses that hire new employees and more money for economic development·

Superior

Walker hires former Democratic state senato r<http://www.superiortelegram .com/event/article/id/4983 3/gro up/homepage/>

by Todd Richmond- Associated Press, Published in the Superior Telegram

· MADISON, Wis. -

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has added a former Democratic lawmaker who voted against new

contracts for state workers to his administration.

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That Wisconsin State Journal Editorial was great. It basically endorses cutting public employee benefits.

From: Evenson, Tom- GOV Sent; Sunday, January 23, 201112:53 PM To: Evenson, Tom - GOV Subject: Weekend News Update- 01/23/11

Office of Governor Scott Walker- Weekend News Update for January 22- 23

News Summary:

*

On Wednesday, President Obama will visit Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc.

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GAB director says ending same day registration could be costly.

State Dems bear down for a "long, hard session."

*

Go Pack Go !<http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2010/matchup/_/teams/packers:bears>

Nation

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI <http://www.wispolitics.com/index.lmi'?Article=224222>The President will tour Orion Energy Systems, a power technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys energy efficiency and renewable energy technology for commercial and industrial business, and deliver remarks on the economy to employees. . Milwaukee

Stepp's start at DNR not without controversy <http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/114432209.html> by Lee Bergquist- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"There's been a lot of rhetoric," Stepp said. "(Employees) are reading a lot of things and I think it's scaring them."

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The push to end election-day registration in Wisconsin: How strong is the case ?<http://www .jso nIine.co m/blogs/ news/11437 6604. htm I>

by Craig Gilbert- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Repealing it would be shortsighted and would be a tremendous disservice to the voters," says Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board, who also called it a "financially foolhardy step to take."

Start jobs-created clock Nov. 1? <http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/114392534.html>

by Steven Walters- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gov. Scott. Walker is so serious about his promise to create 250,000 new jobs in four years that he said in December he would like to have that number prominently tattooed on the body of each cabinet secretary. ·

Madison

State De~s in Legislature in for 'long, hard session'<http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/localjgovt-and- po litics/a rticle_1c089e96- 2658-11e0-b601-001cc4c03286. htm I>

by Clay Ba'rbour and·Mary Spicuzza- Wisconsin State Journal

"This is very disheartening," said Grigsby, looking tired following the meeting.-"We are in for a very long, hard session."

Our 2011 agenda starts with fixing the state budget<http://host. madison .com/wsj/ news/ opinion/ ed ito ria Ifartie le_ 6a f3cb b2- 267 5-11eO-af6a-001cc4c03286. htm I>

Editorial- Wisconsin State Journal

One of the State Journal editorial board's top agenda items for the coming year is to fix the state budget mess.

Green Bay/Appleton

Border battles no more than silly

diversion<http://www.thenorthwestern.com/article/20110123/0SH0602/110122053/Editoriai-Border-battles-no-more-

than-silly-diversion>

Editorial- Oshkosh Northwestern

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The drawback to such border battles is that it serves as a diversion from the serious issues we face within our own borders that will have a far greater impact on our long-term viability and ability to attract businesses than what happens in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota or Michigan.

Wausau/Rhinelander

Job creation, climate change a murky

business<http://www.marshfieldnewsherald.com/article/20110123/CWS0101/101230463/Job-creation-climate-change-

a-murky-business>

by Kirsten Adshead -Wisconsin Reporter, Published in the Marshfield News Herald

That's the picture Gov. Scott Walker and the newly installed Republican legislative leadership envision as, weeks after taking charge of the state's government, they push through wide-ranging, business-friendly legislation such as tort reform, tax cuts for businesses that hire new employees and more money for economic development.

Superior

Walker hires former Democratic state senator< http://www.supe riortelegra m.com/event/article/id/49833/group/hom epage />

by Todd Richmond -Associated Press, Published in the Superior Telegram

MADISON, Wis. - Republican Gov. Scott Walker has added a former Democratic lawmaker who voted against new contracts for state workers to his administration.

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Office of Governor Scott Walker- Weekend News Update for January 22- 23

News Summary:

On Wednesday, President Obama will visit Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc.

GAB director says ending same day registration could be costly

State Dems bear down for a "long, hard session."

·

GoPackGo!

Nation

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc, WI

White House: President Obama takes White House to Main Street Tour to Manitowoc,

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The President will tour Orion Energy Systems, a power technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys energy efficiency and renewable energy technology for commercial and industrial business, and deliver remarks on the economy to employees.

Milwaukee

Stepp's start at DNR not without controversy

. by Lee Bergquist- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"There's been a lot of rhetoric," Stepp said. "(Employees) are reading a lot of things and I think it's scaring them."

The push to end election-day registration in Wisconsin: How strong is the case?

by Craig Gilbert- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Repealing it would be shortsighted and would be a tremendous disservice to the voters," says Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board, who also called ita "financially foolhardy ·

step to take."

Start iobs-created clock Nov. 1?

by Steven Walters- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gov. Scott Walker is so serious about his promise to create 250,000 new jobs in four years that he said in December he would like to have that number prominently tattooed on the body of each cabinet secretary.

Madison

State Dems in Legislature in for 'long, hard session'

by Clay Barbour and Mary Spicuzza - Wisconsin State Journal

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"This is very disheartening," said Grigsby, looking tired following the meeting. "We are in for a very long, hard session."

Our 2011 agenda starts with fixing the state budget

Editorial- Wisconsin State Journal

One of the State Journal editorial board's top agenda items for the coming year is to fix the state budget mess.

Green Bay/Appleton

Border battles no more than silly diversion

Editorial- Oshkosh Northwestern

The drawback to such border battles is that it serves as a diversion from the serious issues we face within our own borders that will have a far greater impact on our long-term viability and ability to attract businesses than what happens in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota or Michigan.

Wausau/Rhinelander

Job creation, climate change a murky business

·by KirstenAdshead- Wisconsin Reporter, Published in the Marshfield News Herald

That's the picture Gov. Scott Walker and the newly installed Republican legislative leadership envision as, weeks after taking charge of the state's government, they push through wide-ranging, business-friendly legislation such as tort reform, tax cuts for businesses that hire new employees and more money for economic development.

Superior

Walker hires former Democratic state senator

by Todd Richmond -Associated Press, Published in the Superior Telegram

MADISON, Wis.- Republican Gov. Scott Walker has added a former Democratic lawmaker who voted against new contracts for state workers to his administration.

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Policy and Legislative Daily Briefing for Tuesday, January 18,2011

Legislative Liaison Update

Committee Update

• Joint Finance passed three special session bills (HSAs, relocation credit, & econ. dev. tax credit) today on party line votes. Joint Finance will hold exec on Thursday for the small business tax credit bill.

• JFC passed an amendment from Sen. Jauch on the relocation credit, requiring passive review from JFC before

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• Both the Senate at-large and Assembly Judiciary passed the tort bill today (both party line). Discrepancies between the bills are being addressed.

releasing the extra $25 million.

1. Bills have been amended to reflect the punitive damage cap, with an exemption for OWl. They were also amended with technical changes to better protect paint companies from frivolous suits and to simply federalize the expert witness changes. Our office agreed to all changes.

Legislator Meetings- Assembly

• Met with Representative Tiffany today to discuss the federalizing of forestry rules, the possible closing of a juvenile detention facility in his district, and the special session rules reform bill. Was given language of the rules bill that not only deletes wetlands and wind-siting provisions, but increases power of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules to influence rules (LRB 1060/1).

• Met with Representative Wynn about a variety of issues including capping interest rates for payday loans, prevailing wage repeal, and the WEDC bill.

Legislative Meetings for Wednesday

Majority Leader Fitzgerald & Speaker Fitzgerald

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Rep. Spanbauer

Rep. Petersen

Confirmation Hearings

Sec. Brancel had his confirmation hearing today in Senate Ag, Exec on Thursday.

• Sees. Huebsch and Jadin confirmation hearing will be Wednesday in Senate Judiciary at 11a

Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Team

Economic Development and Regulatory Reform

• Quad/Graphics Meeting (w/ Eric Schutt, Nate Yahn)

1. Met with Andy Schiesl (VP/Chief Legal Counsel) and Patrick Henderson (Director of Gov't Affairs)

2. Concerned about harmful regulatory laws that are being administered by the PSC and by the DNR

1. Provided proposals that would reform the mentioned regulatory laws, which would help Quad/Graphics grow jobs, and in general, make Wisconsin look much more "business-friendly"

Legisfative Committees

• 15 meetings scheduled with committee chairpersons (for the rest-of-the-week and next week)

DOT Jason met with the DOT Sec., Dep. Sec., and EA today. They have the following issues to share:

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• Some outstanding obligations on the passenger rail bonds will preclude the use of the $73 million in leftover

bonding authority from being used for freight rail.

out the proposed Madison-Milwaukee line, but it will exceed $13 million. In addition, DOT received a $14 million stimulus grant for the Hiawatha to upgrade a crossing near the state line in Pleasant Prairie and extend the size of the Mitchell Airport Station; some funds will be left over from these projects to apply toward the dead trainline's obligations.

DOT is working on telling how much will still be needed to close

• Local Aids Administration -- by requiring local governments to pay the share of administering aid programs out of their grant money rather than from DOT's operations money, some additional savings can be realized to the Transportation Fund.

• Fox Cities and Green Bay Transit- reminded us that both systems will lose federal funding because their

metropolitan populations are too large to continue receiving FED operating assistance.

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• ''*ACTION ITEM - RTA language in statute- DOT is wondering what direction the Governor will go pertaining to the existing statutes and rental car fee.

• Mirror Lake Bridge on 1-94- following yesterday's semi accident, DOT today signed a $170,000 emergency contract for repairs. One lane will stay open, the second will be closed until the completion of the repairs in a few weeks.

• "*ACTION ITEM - FED earmarks -Sen. Kohl's office asks DOT for a list of earmark requests annually. Is this something WisDOT should submit this year? They would like direction from the Governor

• Transportation Projects Commission -convened in October to recommend enumeration of four projects:

Hwy

441/41/10 interchange (Menasha); Hwy 38 (Racine- Vas' district), Hwy 39-90 (Rock County), and Hwy 15 (Greenville to New London). All four projects must be enumerated in the budget so that further work on the

projects can continue.

DOT would like these included for enumeration in the 2011-13 budget.

Human Services and Education Team

Education Meetings

• Met with Kathleen Cullen from WTCS on a $200,000 Bill and Melinda Gates grant due in early Feb with potential for a $1.6 million grantlyr for the next 3 years. Grant targeted at Adult Basic Education.

• Met with UW-System on their Authority proposal. We will brief you on it tomorrow. They tried to sell the proposal as a $500 million GPR savings over 4 years. In reality, it is" not a cut to base, but a reduced increase of the bigger increase they were going to ask of the state.

• Met with Jeff Spitzer-Resnick from Diabilities Rights WI on special education. He stressed the importance of the Governor addressing the importance of special education when discussing education issues. It means a lot to families with special needs children.

Health Care Meetings

• Met wilh Leah Robbins from Daycare Provider Jewish Beginnings Milwaukee. Discussed her ideas on how WI Shares could be retooled to eliminate fraud and provide higher quality child care.

• Met with Liz Buchen from Lutheran Social Services. She would like to repeal the 2009 budget item that child welfare rates are decided by DCF. Prior to the 2009 Act 28, providers set rates based on costs, and the rates were publishecl annually to show that all purchasers are charged the same rate (Market Rate).

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·With the Doyle change, all provider rates for 2010 have been frozen at 2009 payment levels

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With in 2009 Act 28, the Governor set up a "Rate Regulation Committee" This is not needed to establish the rate if the language is repealed

Education News Tomorrow, MPS will receive a $20 million grant over 5 years from GE to improve math and science scores. The Lt Governor is helping to present the award.

Justice and Local Governments Team

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission:

• Working with DOA to update the Governor's website to include a Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Commission webpage to post agenda's, meeting minutes, and to solicit recommendations and/or comments from the public.

• The DOA IT folks have been told this must be done by Thursday to fulfill a promise and to send out a press statement about the webpage launch on that day.

AFLCIO. Opposition to Special Session SB1. Wisconsin Grocers Association. Vote in support of Special Session SB1. Wisconsin Civil Justice Council. Employers unite behind Wisconsin lawsuit reforms.

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WM·c. Urges Senate passage of lawsuit reforms. Wisconsin Economic Development Association. Special Session SB1. Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Support for Special Session SB 1. Green Bay Press Gazette. Wisconsin Legislature set to take action on Gov. Scott Walker bills.

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Grinder, Jennifer- GOV Friday, January 14, 2011 4:59 PM Moore, Dorothy J - GOV; Erwin, David - GOV; Hutter, Shelly- GOV; Richard - GOV (Rick); McMahon, Jack- GOV;~ Gilkes, Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric - G~OV; Fadness, Joseph F - GOV; Matejov, Scott - GOV; Schrimpf. Chris - GOV; Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Hellenbrand, Angie - GOV; Grinder, Jennifer- GOV FW: TENATIVE Governor Schedule for Monday, January 17, 2011

TENATIVE Governor Schedule for Monday, January 17, 2011 MONDAY, January 17,2011 Si:CURITY: Rick Fitzgerald

MONDAY, January 17,2011 Si:CURITY: Rick Fitzgerald 608.338.9878 STAFF: Scott Matejov

7:15am-7:30am-DEPART Tosa Residence for 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203

7:30am-9:00am-Frontier Airlines Center: 14'" Annual MLK BreakfasUYMCA of Milwaukee

9:00am-10:30am-DEPART Frontier Airlines Center for Governor's Office

10:30am-11 :30am-GOVERNOR's Office: Work Time

11:30am-11:50am-GOVERNOR's Office: Meeting with Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz with Jeremey

Shepherd. Topics: High Speed Rail, Governor not responding to the Mayor in the past, how the two can work

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11 :50am-12:00pm-MEDIA in Governor's Conference Room: Video Taping for department of tourism website with Jim Dick of Discover Wisconsin.

12:00pm-1:30pm-Captiol Rotunda: State Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr

1:30pm-2:00pm-GOVERNOR's Office: Work Time

2:00pm-4:00pm-GOVERNOR's Office: BUDGET Meetings Topics: Employee Compensation/Collective Bargaining/WRS/Health Insurance

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Gilkes, Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric - GOV; Murray, Ryan M - Matejov, Scott- GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV; Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Hellenbrand, Angie - GOV; Grinder, Jennifer- GOV TENATIVE Governor Schedule for Monday, January 17, 2011

GOV TENATIVE Governor Schedule for Monday, January 17, 2011 MONDAY, January 17,2011 SECURITY: Jack McMahon
GOV TENATIVE Governor Schedule for Monday, January 17, 2011 MONDAY, January 17,2011 SECURITY: Jack McMahon

MONDAY, January 17,2011 SECURITY: Jack McMahon 608.512.7906 STAFF: Scott Matejov

7:15am-7:30am-DEPART Tosa Residence for 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Annual MLK Breakfast/YMCA of Milwaukee

9:00am-10:30am-DEPART Frontier Airlines Center for Governor's Office

10:30am-11:30am-GOVERNOR's Office: Work Time

11 :30am-11 :50am-GOVERNOR's Office: Meeting with Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz with Jeremey Shepherd. Topics: High Speed Rail, Governor not responding to the Mayor in the past, how the two can work together.

11 :50am-12:00pm-MEDIA in Governor's Conference Room: Video Taping for department of tourism website with Jim Dick of Discover Wisconsin.

12:00pm-1:30pm-CAPITOL: State Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr

1:30pm-2:00pm-GOVERNOR's Office: Work Time

2:00pm-4:00pm-GOVERNOR's Office: BUDGET Meetings Topics: Employee Compensation/Collective Bargaining/WRS/Health Insurance

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Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Friday, January 14, 2011 2:09AM Schrimpf, Chris- GOV RE: brown bag lunch executive order

I should have this for you in the am.

Brian K. Hagedorn

Chief Legal Counsel Office of Governor Scott Walker Direct Line:

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Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Thursday, January 13, 201111:21 AM To: Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Subject: brown bag lunch executive order

Brian- Here's some language for the brown bag lunches Executive Order. It looks like it would dovetail nicely with the other one that Ryan mentioned.

Will Issue Executive Order Requiring Cabinet Secretaries to Meet Regularly With Frontline State Workers to Help Tbemldentify Cost Savings

Wauwatosa- Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and Republican nominee for governor today, at a

Brown Bag lunch at Wingra Stone Company in. Madison, announced that as governor he will issue an executive

orderrequiringhis cabinet secretaries to identify waste, fraud, and abuse

frontline workers in their agencies to

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"As pmt of my Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to find $300 million of savings for the taxpayers, I will issue an executive order requiring my cabinet secretaries to hold reg\llar brown bag lunches with frontline workers to help identify cost savings and more efficient ways of providing services," said Walker.

"Frontline state workersare where the rubber meets the road. They can provide a wealth of information on

more.efficient ways to provide services andidentify

cost savings."

Soon after taking office as Milwaukee County executive, Walker held brown bag lunches with employees to get feedback.

"As governor, I'll order top to bottom reviews of exactly where our money is being spent and how we can find ways to do more, with less."

Scott Walker has previously proposed creating a bipartisan waste, fraud, and abuse commission to identify

$300million per year in savings.

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It's done and signed.

Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Friday, January 14, 2011 11:47 AM Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Ristow, Nate - GOV RE: brown bag lunch executive order

Nate, can you please run a copy up to Chris?

Brian K Hagedorn

Chief Legal Counsel Office of Governor Scott Walker Direct Line:

Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov

Scott Walker Direct Line: Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov From: Schrimpf, Chris- GOV Sent: Friday, January 14,

From: Schrimpf, Chris- GOV Sent: Friday, January 14, 201111:46 AM To: Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE: brown bag lunch executive order

Reminder on this

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

From: Hagedorn, Brian K- GOV Sent: Friday, January 14, 2011 2:09AM To: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Subject: RE: brown bag lunch executive order

Thanks.

I should have this for you in the am.

Brian K. Hagedorn Chief Legal Counsel Office of Governor Direct Line:

Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov

Office of Governor Direct Line: Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Thursday, January 13,

To: Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Subject: brown bag lunch executive order

Brian- Here's some language for the brown bag lunches Executive Order. It looks like it would dovetail nicely with the other one that Ryan mentioned.

Will Issue Executive Order Requiring Cabinet Secretaries to.Meet Regularly With Frontline State Workers to Help Them Identify Cost Savings

Wauwatosa- Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and Republican nominee for governor today, at a Brown Bag lunch at Wingra Stone Company in Madison, announced that as governor he will issue an executive order requiring his cabinet secretaries to solicit suggestions regularly from frontline workers in their agencies to identify waste, fraud, and abuse.

"As part of my Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to fmd $300 million of savings for the taxpayers, I will issue an executive order requiting my cabinet secretaries to hold regular brown bag lunches with frontline workers to help identify cost savings and more efficient ways of providing services," said Walker.

"Frontline state workers are where the rubber meets the road. They can provide a wealth of information .on more efficient ways to provide services and identify cost savings."

Soon after taking office as Milwaukee County executive, Walker held brown bag lunches with employees to get feedback.

"As governor, I'll order top to bottom reviews of exactly where our money is being spent and how we can find ways to do more, with less.''

Scott Walker has previously proposed creating a bipartisan waste, fraud, and abuse commission to identify $300 million per year in savings.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

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Would like an e-copy to please

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpf@wisconsin.gov

From: Hagedorn, Brian K- GOV Sent: Friday, January 14, 201111:47 AM To: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Ristow, Nate - GOV Subject: RE: brown bag lunch executive order

It's done and signed.

Nate, can you please run a copy up to Chris?

Brian K. Hagedorn Chief Legal Counsel Office of Governor Scott Walker Direct Line:

. Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov

Scott Walker Direct Line: . Brian.Hagedorn@Wisconsin.gov From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Friday, January 14,

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Friday, January 14, 201111:46 AM To: Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Cc: WeiWie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: RE: brown bag lunch executive order

Reminder on this

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

Thanks.

I should have this for you in the am.

Brian K. Hagedorn

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Legal Counsel Office of Governor Scott Walker Direct Line: Brian. Hagedorn@Wisconsin. gov From: Schrimpf, Chris -

Brian. Hagedorn@Wisconsin. gov

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Thursday, January 13, 201111:21 AM To: Hagedorn, Brian K - GOV Subject: brown bag lunch executive order

Brian- Here's some language for the brown bag lunches Executive Order. It looks like it would dovetail nicely with the other one that Ryan mentioned.

Will Issue Executive Order Requiring CabinetSecretaries to Meet Regularly With Frontline State Workers to Help Them Identify Cost Savings

Wauwatosa- Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive andR()publican nominee for governor today, at a Brown Bag lunch at Wingra Stone Company in Madison, announced that as govemor he will issue an executive orderrequiringhis cabinet secretaries to solicit suggesti<;ms regularlyfrom frontline workers in their agencies to identify waste, fraud, and abuse.

"As part ofmy Waste, Fraud and Abuse Conunissionto find $300 million of savings for the taxpayers, I will issue an executive order requiring my cabinet secretaries to hold regular brown bag lunches with frontline workers to help identify cost savings and more efficient ways of providing services," said Walker.

"Frontline state workers are where. the rubber meets the road. They can provide a wealth ofinformation on more efficientways to provide services and identify cost savings."

Soon after taking office as Milwaukee County executive, Walker held brown bag lunches with employees to get feedback

"As governor, I'll.order top to bottom reviews of exactly where our money is being spent and how we can find ways to do more, with less."

Scott Walker has previously proposed creating a bipartisan waste, fraud, aud abuse commission to identify $300 million per year in savings.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email.· chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

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Brian- Here's some language for the brown bag lunches Executive Order. It looks like it would dovetail nicely with the other one that Ryan mentioned.

Will Issue Executive Order Requiring Cabinet Secretaries to Meet Regularly With Frontline State Workers to Help Them Identify Cost Savings

Wauwatosa- Scott Walker, Milwaukee County executive and Republican nominee for governor today,at a Brown Bag lunch at Wingra Stone Company in Madison, announced that as governor he will issue an executive order requiring his cabinet secretaries to solicit suggestions regularly from frontline workers in their agencies to identifY waste, fraud, and abuse.

"As part of my Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to find $300 million of savings for the taxpayers, I will issue an executive order requiring my cabinet secretaries to hold regular brown bag lunches with frontline workers to help identify cost savings and more efficient ways of providing services," said Walker.

"Frontline state workers are where the rubber meets the road. They can provide a wealth of information on more efficient waysto provide services and identifY cost savings."

Soon after taking office as Milwaukee County executive, Walker held brown bag lunches with employees to get feedback.

"As governor, I'll order top to bottom reviews of exactly where our money is being spent and how we can find ways to do more, with less."

Scott Walker has previously proposed creating a bipartisan waste, fraud, and abuse commission to identify $300 million per year in savings.

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Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpf@wisconsin.gov

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GREAT Let's go back to that byline-Logo-It was such a Hit ! !! ! I! Thanks for the updates and ask the Governor to put that in place and not to be changed on a whim!

to put that in place and not to be changed on a whim! Lac du Flambeau

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from: Schrimpf, Chris- GOV [mailto:Chris.Schrimpf@wisconsin.gov] Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 9:21 AM To: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: Escape to Wisconsin

Yesterday, Wisconsin took advantage of the Illinois tax increase by bringing out a Wisconsin tourism slogan, "Escape to Wisconsin." The Governor did a series of interviews with Illinois and national media to encourage businesses to "Escape to Wisconsin." Legislative leaders also sent the same message to Illinois business and media. This morning the Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal had the following editorials:

Here they are

6:55PM CST, January 12, 2011

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"You guys are nothing if not entertaining. It's like living next door to the Simpsons- the dysfunctional family down the block. "

-Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels,_ commenting on Tuesday's spectacle in Springfield in an interview on WLS- AM's "Don Wade and Roma" show.

"Escape to Wisconsin. "

-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, celebrating the Illinois General Assembly's votes to raise the personal and business income tax rates by 67 percent and 46 percent, respectively.

The nation's laughing at us again. The nation's laughing and our neighbors are having fun at our expense, and who can blame them? Walker and Daniels are aggressively comting employers, and Illinois has made their jobs that much easier by passing a huge tax increase that will send businesses racing across the state line.

We heard from a lot of angry Illinois citizens on Wednesday. We heard from a lot of citizens who encouraged us to create a new version of the tax calendar that appeared for months on this page, counting up the days after Cook County imposed a sales tax hike and counting down the days until voters could toss out the tax champion, former County Board President Todd Stroger.

We heard from Illinois voters and we heard those neighboring governors beckon to Illinois businesses.

"If you want to bring new jobs to your state, the last thing you do is make it more expensive to hire people," Daniels said.

The Tax Foundation reports that Indiana already has a much better business tax climate than Illinois has. Illinois is better than Wisconsin. Watch that change.

Walker popped up on national television Wednesday holding a bmnper sticker with the tourism slogan "Escape to Wisconsin." His office noted the $4 billion Illinois will borrow to make an annual pension payment, the increase in income taxes, the built-in spending increases to come.

"We're not only lowering taxes, we're reforming the regulatory and litigation climate," Walker crowed. "Illinois is heading in the opposite direction." D'oh.

So here they are, the 60 House Democrats and 30 Senate Democrats who voted in favor of the jobs-killing Illinois income tax increase.

Illinois Exit Fee

Voters can't say they weren't warned.

Jubilation has broken out in the Midwest--or at least in Wisconsin and Indiana, now that Democrats in neighboring Illinois have rushed their tax increase into law.

Late Tuesday night, Democrats in the Illinois house and senate rammed through Governor Pat Quinn's 67% hike in the state income tax and a nearly 50% jmnp in the state corporate tax. The increase will add $1,400 to the average family's tax bill, and we doubt it will help job creation in a state that has lost 374,000 jobs since

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New Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker immediately rolled out a press release inviting Illinois businesses to decamp to the Badger State, contrasting his agenda to reduce taxes and welcome business with the Illinois increase. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels added: "We already had an edge on Illinois in terms of the cost of doing business, and this is going to make it significantly wider."

That's for sure. Small businesses will pay the new 5% income tax rate, up from 3%, and the effective corporate tax rate will rise to 9.5%, which, when combined with the federal rate of 35%, will make the Land of Lincoln one of the most expensive places in the world to conduct business. Congratulations. Democrats say the higher rates will raise $7 billion to help close an estimated $14 billion budget gap, though tax hikes rarely raise the revenue that politicians promise. Rather than fix the state's $150 billion unfunded pension problem, the bill also authorizes nearly $4 billion in new debt to fund the state's pension payment this year.

· Democrats rushed to do the deed in a lame duck session, a mere 18 hours before the newly elected legislature was to be sworn in. Eighteen Democrats who had been defeated or are retiring provided the necessary votes. Mr. Quinn knew that his tax hike package would not have fared so well if antitax Republicans elected in November were allowed to vote.

As much as Mr. Quinn and Democratic House speaker Mike Madigan deserve blame, Illinois voters should also blame themselves. Mr. Quinn campaigned on the necessity of a tax increase, and even though this week's increase is twice as large as he promised, Illinois voters should have known that politicians always double down on taxes when they see a political opening.

Illinois was one of the few states, and the only one in the Midwest, that rewarded Democrats for their budget and pension mismanagement by re-electing them. Voters don't always get the government they deserve, but in this case we regret to say that they did.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

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Policy and Legislative Daily Briefing for Tuesday, January 11,2011

Legislative Liaison Update

Tort Reform, HSAs, Relocation, Econ Development Tax Credit, & Small Business tax credit legislation all received a public hearing today in their respective joint or individual committees. It is the hope that all of these bills are exec'd out on Thursday. The Senate will be taking up HSAs on the floor on Tuesday, 1/18, with all other bills hoping to be taken up on 1/20. 1/25 is being held as a backup day for floor votes as well.

Wednesday, 1/12 Legislative Meetings Update:

• With the recently released rules package, Senator Fitzgerald and/or his caucus is concerned about wetland

mitigation and wind siting.

It is recommended that these issues be discussed with the Senator.

Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Team

Small Business Tax Credit Was surprised at the hearing today to learn of Rep. Vos testifying on his own substitute version of the small business tax credit before Sec. Chandler and Sec. Jadin arrived to testify. We were not aware of Vos pitching this publicly and have not discussed details with him. Plan on doing so tomorrow.

Human Services and Education Team

Department Contacts· Met with DHS Secretary Smith Spoke with Sec. Smith, Dep. Sec. Rhoades, EA Moore, and Brett Davis

• Family Care audit will be completed in February.

• Brett Davis has several ideas on budget savings dealing with Medicaid.

• Exchange: Sec. Smith would like to pursue the Federal HHS grant for early innovation

• Several tours will be arranged to the state mental facilities in early spring

Met with UW-Madison Dean of Nursing, Katharyn May

• Spoke about the urgency of building anew UW-Madison Nursing Building (Budget Request)

Attended DPI conference developing Wl's Striving Readers Grant application Grant will focus on professional development, accountability, instructional design & assessment Will be modeled after Massachusetts' program.

Legislative Contacts Met with Rep. Don Pridemore (Staff)

• Will be introducing a children & families reform package, "Wisconsin Families First" (4 legislative bills)

Upcoming Events

• Rep. Nygren to introduce Auto Insurance Repeal package tomorrow (1/12) with a 1 pm press conference

Justice and Local Governments Team

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• Margaret Carpenter of Juvenile Justice Division called to reiterate that the juvenile corrections deficit is up from $8.8 million in FY1 0 to $24 million for FY 11. According to her and DOA, this deficit is on top of the expected $42 million Adult Corrections deficit.

• Margaret shared visitation numbers for Ethan Allen.

From January 2009 to March 2010, visitation was 15.22

visits per child over that period.

• Margaret also expressed her concerns that Lincoln Hills may not have the right demographics (per the Southeast

WI community) to work with the Ethan juvenile population. Currently, 15% of staff at Ethan are minority and only

5% at Lincoln. The juvenile population is overwhelmingly minority.

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Special Session:

• Tort reform hearing went well. No-unexpected issues came up. There will be an amendment to address OWl and

. expert witness concerns.

It may include other items such as making sure we don't limit DHS's ability to crack

down on Medicaid fraud. This could also impact federal Medicaid program eligibility standards. We have a meeting tomorrow to discuss this and I will also follow up with the committee chairs about one all inclusive amendment.

• Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Opposition to Special Session AB1 and SB1.

• Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. Letter to Sen. Zipperer, and Rep. Ott. (Special Session Assembly bill 1)

• Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. Fiscal estimate for AB1 of the. Special Session.

• Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Working families oppose Senate Biii1/Assembly Bill1. Tort reform.

• WMC. Lawsuit reforms needed to help to help job creation.

• Disability Rights Wisconsin. Statement on Special Session Assembly Biii1/Senate Bill1.

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Dave & Jason-

Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:42 PM Dave Umhoefer

J - GOV Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:42 PM Dave Umhoefer Below please find the reference

Below please find the reference material for the 98% state in our press release.

I'm working on the other politifact request about Abele.

From: Jablonski, Jack- DOR Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 201110:31 AM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Cc: Chandler, Richard G - DOR Subject: RE: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

The 98% number is derived from a table we sent DOA last month. It is replicated below. The table is from the data warehouse based on schedule C of individual income tax returns. Schedule C does conform to sole proprietors.

With the cut-off of $500,000, the share of proprietors qualify is 98%

Gross Receipts Range (First Sch C)

Return

Count

Share of

Returns

Net Profit

Amount

Share of

Net

Average

Net

20%of

6.5%

of

 

Profit

Profit

net profit

$1 to lOk

 

172,629

50.60%

15,293,369

0.50%

89

198,814

lOk

to

25k

60,210

17.60%

316,397,268

9.40%

5,255

4, 113,164

25k to

50k

38,876

11.40%

470,435,676

13.90%

12,101 6,115,664

50k to

75k

17,990

5.30%

349,295,822

10.30%

19,416 4,540,846

75k to lOOk

10,891

3.20%

275,036,274

8.10%

25,254 3,575,472

lOOk to

200k

21,408

6.30%

717,189,092

21.20%

33,501 9,323,458

200k to

500k

13,662

4.00%

707,377,317

20.90%

51,777 9,195,905

500kto

1M

3,685

1.10%

322,121,175

9.50%

87,414 4,187,575

lMto 2.5M

1,352

0.40%

129,585,021

3.80%

95,847 1,684,605

2.5Mto 5M

326

0.10%

35,516,403

1.10%

108,946

461,713

Greater than 5M

118

0.00%

40,748,647

1.20%

345,328

529,732

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Press Office: (608} 267-7303 Email: Cullen. Werwie@WI.Gov www. walker. wi. qov From: Dave Umhoefer ,_,,,.~. Sent:

www. walker. wi. qov

From: Dave Umhoefer ,_,,,.~. Sent: Monday, January 10, To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: Politi-Fact

10, To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: Politi-Fact Hey Cullen: We're going to test the

Hey Cullen:

We're going to test the statement from our story in the paper last week about the small business credit:

Werwie said that the governor's budget office had calculated that 98% ofthe small businesses in the state would qualifY for the credit but that the analysis would not be available to be released until Thursday.

Can you provide the backup for that figure? Should I contact the budget office?

Thanks,

Dave

Dave Umhoefer

Thursday. Can you provide the backup for that figure? Should I contact the budget office? Thanks,

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Welhouse, Andrew <Andrew.Welhouse@legis.wisconsin.gov> Tuesday, January 11, 20111:39 PM Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV; Reader, Chris - LEGIS; Jagler, John; Foltz, Adam- LEGIS Hogan, John - LEGIS; Romportl, Daniel - LEGIS Today's press conference on SS-SB-1

FYI, I took some notes from today's press conference on the tort reform bill.

Below are the highlights, for your information.

Also, Mary Spicuzza from the WSJ asked a question about peer review - Walker said that the change on peer

review would be the top priority but her reading of the bill showed it to be much more broad than she's probably chasing something.

so

Give me a call with any questions or anything.

Press Conference Highlights Association for Justice 12:00 p.m. Tuesday 1/11/11

Attending:

• Association for Justice

• Citizen Action of Wisconsin

• Wisconsin AFL-CIO

• Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups

• Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

• Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans

Media Covering:

• Ch. 15 - Zac Schultz

• Ch. 3 -Jessica Arp

• Ch.

• Ch. 12 -Not sure which reporter

• WPR- Shawn Johnson

• WI State Journal~Mary Spicuzza

• AP- Todd Richmond

• Wisconsin Reporter -Kevin

27 c.' Tony Galley

Highlights:

"This bill is a giveaway to corporate interests, and a removal of corporate responsibility."

• Robert Craig, Citizen Action of WI: "The bills moving forward have virtually nothing to do with jobs."

o The bills give an advantage to overseas manufacturers, and encourage companies to move overseas.

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o The standard is changed to whether the defendant "intends to hann the workers," so, for example, in the case of the three workers killed in the Miller Park crane, if the company can prove that they didn't intend to harm them workers, there's no damages.

• John Henderick- CWAG

o

Introduced nursing home residents who have personal stories with death and severe injury caused by nursing home neglect

o

They say that under these bills the neglectful workers at nursing homes would have no accountability for their actions.

• AI Mizek, AARP WI - gave remarks

• An unemployed woman in Milwaukee, Grenda Giles, spoke to encourage Walker to focus on jobs and talk to those out of work as well as the businesses.

• AFL-CIO: "this bill is being used as a cloak for corporate interests to achieve a long-term goal."

• Monica Murphy- Disability Rights of WI

o

This is decriminalization of abuse

o

The standard for damages is going to be impossibly high

o

It's saying to other companies, come to Wisconsin, but don't bring your families or your children if you want them to be safe

• A number of personal stories of abuse in nursing homes, etc.

o

Nursing homes need stricter standards and regulations

o

This bill would mean there are virtually no consequences for neglect

o

It puts corporate profit above safety

Father ofsomeone who was killed by a drunk driver testified that a drunk driver would not be held liable as long as they didn't intend to harm anybody.

o He asked for, at the very least, an amendment that specifically cited OWl victims as exempt from the new standard so they could collect damages.

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Murray, Ryan M - GOV Tuesday, January 11, 201110:50 AM Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Schrimpf, Chris - GOV FW: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

I think we got to the 98%. See the email chain below.

Ryan Murray

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Office of the Governor Main: 608-266-1212 Email: r.murray@wisconsin.gov

From: Jablonski, Jack- DOR Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:31 AM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Cc: Chandler, Richard G - DOR Subject: RE: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

There is a way.

The 98% number is derived from a table we sent DOA last month. It is replicated below. The table is from the data warehouse based on schedule C of individual income tax returns. Schedule C does confmm to sole proprietors.

With the cut-off of $500,000, the share of proprietors qualify is 98%

Gross Receipts Range (First Sch C)

Return

Count

Share of

Returns

Net Profit

Amount

Share of

Net

Average

Net

20%of

6.5% of

 

Profit

Profit

net profit

$1 to lOk

172,629

50.60%

15,293,369

0.50%

89

198,814

lOk to 25k

60,210

17.60%

316,397,268

9.40%

5,255 4,113,164

25k to 50k

38,876

11.40%

470,435,676

13.90%

12,101 6,115,664

50k to 75k

17,990

5.30%

349,295,822

10.30%

19,416 4,540,846

75k to lOOk

10,891

3.20%

275,036,274

8.10%

25,254 3,575,472

lOOk to 200k

21,408

6.30%

717,189,092

21.20%

33,501 9,323,458

200k to

500k

13,662

4.00%

707,377,317

20.90%

51,777 9,195,905

500kto

1M

3,685

1.10%

322,121,175

9.50%

87,414 4,187,575

1Mto2.5M

1,352

0.40%

129,585,021

3.80%

95,847 1,684,605

2.5Mto 5M

326

0.10%

35,516,403

1.10%

108,946

461,713

Greater than 5M

118

0.00%

40,748,647

1.20%

345,328

529,732

From: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 7:21 PM To: Jablonski, Jack - DOR Subject: FW: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

Based on Schmiedicke's email below, is there a way to say 98% of sole proprietors?

Ryan Murray

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs Office of the Governor Main: 608-266-1212 Email: r. murray@wisconsin. gov

From: Schmiedicke, David P - DOA Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 7:20 PM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Subject: Re: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

Ryan:

I think the last paragraph in Koskinen's original e-mail is one possibility.

The data in the briefing doc was based on DOR data for sole proprietors-- it did not include corporate filers.

I'll check with SBO tax team staff in the morning for further ideas.

Thanks.

Dave

From: Murray, Ryan M- GOV To: Schmiedlcke, David P - DOA Sent: Mon Jan 10 19:12:25 2011 Subject: FW: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

Dave- DOR says they can't backup the claim in SBO's briefing document. Any thoughts on how to defend the claim?

Ryan Murray

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs

Office of the Governor

Main: 608-266-1212

Email: r.murrav@wisconsin.gov

From: Jablonski, Jack- DOR Sent: Monday, January 10, 2011 5:55 PM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Cc: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Culotta, Jason - DOA Subject: FW: Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

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Monday, January 10, 2011 5:54 PM

Chandler, Richard G - DOR; Shaul, Kimberly A- DOR; Jablonski, Jack- DOR

Subject:

Distribution of the Small Business Tax Credits

This is the estimates for the individual income side.

«Small Business Tax Credit Tables (2).xls»

These are the estimates for the corporate side.

Gross Receipts Class Less Than $100,000

Count

Average Credit

440

2,215

$100,000-$200,000 626 120

$200,000- $300,000

475 275

$300,000 - $400,000

675

300

$400,000- $500,000

537

100

On the claim that 98% of small businesses benefit from the credit. I could not find that in any of the material that we sent on to DOA. At best, I could suggest that 252,000 returns out of 341,000 indivdidual returns with business income would qualify. That is 73% ofTOTAL businesses.

At its heart, the 98% figure just might be tautological. The bill has a qualification test. Gross receipts under $500,000 qualifies a company for a small business test. If we deem small business is under $500,000, then every small business would qualify and could benefit, depending on its profitability.

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DWD Media Log

Friday, January 7, 2011

J- GOV

Jones, Richard - DWD; Spurlin, Dennis A - DWD DWD Media Log for 01.07.11

Molly Newman, Marshfield News Herald, 715-384-3131, ext 329. mnewman@marshfieldnewsherald.com: Pending request for info on Marshfield economy and job outlook. Response: Regional labor market economist area provided information.

!3rian McBride, WBAY I

ABC Channel2 Green

Called re Maryland postal

incident,

state workers injured in opening parcels. Wanted to know if Green Bay Job Center taking any precautions.

Response: No special precautions other than reminding DWD mailroom staffto remain vigilant.

Katrina Cravy, WITI TV 6, Milwaukee, C6CComplaint@fox6now.com: Sent email re complaint from Ul claimant as part of potential consumer action segment. Response pending.

Larry Hanson, Hartford Times Press, 262-670-1533, lhanson@conleynet.com: Contacted regional Workforce Development Board seeking construction information; Board referred him to regional labor market economist. Response: Called reporter back and left voice mail, which was not returned.

Liam Marla ire, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 715-833-9215, liam.marlaire@ecpc.com: Following on tip of a mass layoff I plant closing notice from Robins Manufacturing in Hudson. Response: No such notice received.

Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Madison bureau, 258-2262, jstein@journalsentinel.com:

Seeking employment-related information about former Deputy Secretary who is now an Asst. Division Administrator. Deadline Monday. Response pending.

Judy Newman, Wisconsin State Journal, 252-6156, jdnewman@madison.com: Seeking labor economist comment ori national job figures for December. Response: State labor economist returned call and provided information.

Mick Burke, RadneJournal Times, 262-631-1716, mburke@journaltimes.com: Called seeking help finding Racine employment data on website. Response: Labor economist returned call, helped him navigate website, locate Racine employment data.

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Heather Stanek, Fond duLac Reporter, 920-907-7909, hstanek@fdlreporter.com: Seeking information about local economy and job outlook. Response: Local Job Service rep provided information, provided tips for job seekers and explained Job Center services available.

Steve Walters, WisEye, Raised possibility of WisEYE Newsmaker show on jobs data, how number of jobs are reported, tabulated, statewide and by community. Wants to know if state labor market economist would be available for taping sometime in next week or two. Response pending.

Marie Rohde, Daily Reporter, 414-225-1806, marie.rohde@dailyreporter.com: Called to follow up on MJS story about city changes in contractor hiring rules to address gender & racial disparity. Checked DWD website, noted low numbers of women and minorities in construction trade apprenticeships. Seeks comment, no later than Monday. Response pending.

Joyce Garbaciak, Channel12

Milwa

jgarbaciak@hearst.com: Prior inquiry about

possible interview with DWD employee James Drinan of Milwaukee about his personal experience as state

employee. Response: Advised reporter that employee would be sharing personal views, not speaking for the agency.

Pending

Jerry Gallagher, WQOW-TV, Eau Claire, jgallagher@wqow.com: Follow up inquiry about area Ul fraud case, DWD vs. Patrick Kurz in St. Croix County. Seeking more background on case. Response pending.

Kelly Schlicht, WEAU-TV Channel13, 715.835.1313, Kelly.schlicht@weau.com: Planning series on helping unemployed workers find jobs, wanting to focus on Job Center and speak with dislocated workers. Deadline not specified, though reporter wants to do interviews in January.

Lisa Kaiser, Milwaukee Shepherd-Express, 414-292-3833: Seeking interview with Secretary Perez about plans for agency in 2011.

Perfecto Rivera, Milwaukee, Radio Host: Radio show host contact us to request an appearance by Secretary Perez on a future radio show.

Debbie Denk, WCUB I WLTU Cub Radio, Manitowoc, 920-683-6800, ddenk@cubradio.com: Seeking DWD rep to take part in morning radio show (by phone) to explain basics of state unemployment insurance program, including how to apply. Hopes to do a show in the next 2-3 weeks.

WARN Notice

Kmart Corporation, Sheboygan: Filed notice of the permanent shutdown of its store at 2633 Business Drive, Sheboygan, on April 3, 2011. The shutdown and subsequent layoff will affect approximately 62 employees beginning March 27, 2011. The Department of Workforce Development and its regional · partner, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, will provide rapid response services as necessary.

its regional · partner, the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, will provide rapid response services as

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John Dipko Communications Director Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

608-266-6753

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FW: WBA Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon Logistics

Attachments:

Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon Information_Walker 01072011.doc

Importance:

High

From: Patty Rogers [mailto Sent: Friday, January 07, 2~ To: Moore, Dorothy J - GOV Cc: Kurt Bauer; Rose Oswald Peels; Mike Semmann; Jay Risch Subject: WBA Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon Logistics Importance: High

Dorothy,

Forecast Luncheon Logistics Importance: High Dorothy, Per our conversation, the WBA representatives greeting the

Per our conversation, the WBA representatives greeting the Governor at the door are

• Kurt Bauer, WBA President and CEO

• Bob Just, WBA Board Chair, President and CEO,. Mound City Bank Platteville

• Jim Podewils, WBA Board Chair-Elect, President and COO, westbury bank, West Bend

• Dan Riebe, President and CEO, Peoples State Bank of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Planned Media includes:

Confirmed

Bloomberg News (Vivian Chen) Market News International (Alyce Frantz) Dow Jones (Jacob Bunge) Reuters (Jeff Mayers) The Business Journal of Milwaukee (Rich Kirchen) Wisconsin Public Television Wisconsin Eye

NBC15

Wispolitics.com/ Wisbusiness.com Wisconsin State Journai.(Judy Newman)

Tentative

Biztimes (Erik Decker) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Paul Gores)

Likely to be there but haven't responded to me yet

Wisconsin Radio Network (Bob Hague) Channel 3

Channel27

And attached is the updated logistics document for the event with all agenda information.

Please do not hesitate to call me any time between now and the event if you need anything else from WBA. My contact information is all listed below.

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Best,

Patty Rogers

Patricia R. Rogers, SPHR

Assistant Vice President, Education Wisconsin Bankers Association Telephone: (608) 441-12091 Mobile: (608) 516-08381

Focused on Wisconsin Bankers

Get a true insider's view of current and future economic conditions from Dr. Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, by attending the 2011 Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon, January 11 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Visit www.wisbank.com/EconomicForecast to register or for more information.

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Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Friday, January 07, 201111:45 AM Knight, Joe RE: request from eau claire reporter

We're extremely busy today, but I have been asked a very similar question in the past and am authorized to provide the following comment (which can be attributed to me):

Governor-elect Walker knows that state workers are great people who do great work. Moving forward the Governor- elect would like to work with state employees to enact innovative reforms aimed at improving the delivery of core government services.

Also on the voicemail box, we moved into the Capitol so the old phone number is no longer mine. The one below is- feel free to use .it in the future.

Thanks,

Cullen Werwie

Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott Walker Phone: {608} 267-7303

Email: FQ!g~~k@.~'&f~

Walker Phone: {608} 267-7303 Email: FQ!g~~k@.~'&f~ www. walker. wi. qov From: Joe Knight

www. walker. wi. qov

267-7303 Email: FQ!g~~k@.~'&f~ www. walker. wi. qov From: Joe Knight L'"c'"c'1 Sent:

From: Joe Knight L'"c'"c'1 Sent: Friday, January 07, To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Subject: request from eau claire reporter

Guile~: I tried calling yesterday, but your voice mail was full. I'm a reporter for the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram and I'm writing a story about an unusually high number of dnr employee retirements. Some say it's because of disagreements with the incoming administration or fear of losing benefits. Some say the new administration has nothing to do with it.

I'm looking for a short comment from you or a Walker staffer

or the governor himself, although I realize he's busy this

week. Is this seen as a positive development-- Downsizing without having to fire anyone? Is there any concern about the

abrupt loss of experience?

My phone

Thanks,

Joe knight

without having to fire anyone? Is there any concern about the abrupt loss of experience? My

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Morning News Update - 01/07/11

WEEKLY HEADLINE GOAL: GOVERNOR GETS TO WORK

Daily Headline Goal: Walker has a good, productive first week in office

Office of Governor Scott Walker- Morning News Update for January 7, 2011

News Summary:

• Nation's unemployment rate falls to 9.4 percent.

• Commerce Department employees' jobs in question under the Governor's reorganization proposal.

• Raw milk issues resurfaces.

Nation

The New Governors

by David Von Dreh/e- TIME

Formerly friendly Wisconsin has a new governor, Republican Scott Walker, who is promising to use "every legal means"

to weaken the bargaining power of state workers- including decertification of the public employees' union.

Unemployment rate falls to 9.4 percent, hiring up

by Christopher Rugaber- Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) --The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent last month, its lowest level in 19 months. That was because more people found jobs, but also because some people gave up on their job searches.

Repeal effort defines GOP House debut

by Tom Curry- MSNBC

Next week, the House, now under Republican rule, will vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) signed by President Barack Obama last March.

House GOP Challenges Obama on Debt Limit

Associated Press, FOXNews.com

WASHINGTON.-- In power scarcely a day, House Republicans bluntly told the White House on Thursday its request to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit will require federal spending cuts to win their approval, laying down an early marker in a new era of divided government. ·

Milwaukee

Walker administration's top members at a glance

by Patrick Marley- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Madison- Among those who have taken top jobs with the administration of new Gov. Scott Walker is former Veterans Secretary John Scocos, who is suing the state to get his old job back. Walker announced his cabinet secretaries before he took office Monday, and in the days since the names of other top officials in his administration have been released.

340 state workers face privatization by Jason Stein - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Madison- Some 340 Department of Commerce workers would no longer be state employees under a job creation

proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to partly privatize the agency

Mayor Paul Jadin, said he would be saving more details about employees' future to share with them at a meeting Monday.

But, "I do believe that I'm going to be able to take care of a lot of those concerns on Monday," Jadin said.

Walker's new commerce secretary, former Green Bay

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Walker unveils new Wisconsin commerce plans

by Rich Kirchen - Business Journal

Walker said in an interview with The Business Journal Thursday afternoon that the new corporation would be "more effective and much more nimble" than the Department of Commerce in terms of encouraging employers from Wisconsin and other states to create jobs here.

Walker's plan good first step

Editorial-' Business Journal

Our stance: The state Legislature should approve Walker's plan as part of his effort to jump-start the state's economy.

Raw milk issue could resurface in Legislature

by Rick Barrett- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"The bill would need to contain the appropriate safeguards to protect public health and the integrity of our state's signature industry, while giving consumers the opportunity to purchase raw milk directly from farmers," the governor said in a statement.

Voucher supporters ask Walker to expand program

by Erin Richards- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A group of more than 30 voucher-schoolleaders, religious leaders, community organizers and local politicians sent a position statement Thursday to Gov. Scott Walker and key Republican legislators, asking them to lift the cap on the number of students participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The statement on the program, which allows low-income children in Milwaukee to attend private schools in the city on publicly funded vouchers, asks the new governor for equity in school funding for voucher students.

Madison

Questions abound as Walker lays out plan for new Commerce Dept.

by Clay Barbour- Wisconsin State Journal

Senator Fitzgerald: "At this point a lot of things are still up in the air," said Senate Majority