WISCONSINREPORT.COM (12/03/2010) - Governor elect Scott Walker delivered a message of creating 250,000 jobs, lowering taxes on businesses with 50 or fewer workers and requiring state regulations to be based on science. Those are the points Walker stressed to more than 300 Dairy Business Association DBA) members at the DBA 11th Annual Business Conference December 1st. Walker says he's hoping the next Secretary of Ag will be able to work well with state lawmakers.
Governor Elect Walker indicated he is looking for the next secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to be able to work well with state lawmakers, have a broad agriculture background, the respect and support of industry groups and work together toward the goal of creating jobs in Wisconsin.
Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barret last November. When Walker is sworn into office he will replace Governor Jim Doyle.
"Our soon to be new Governorís message that Wisconsin is open for business was well received by our members," DBA Executive Director Laurie Fischer said.
"DBA members have invested significant dollars in the past two years to modernize, expand or build new dairies in Wisconsin. A pro-business, predictable regulatory environment will enhance our memberís willingness to invest in Wisconsin and may lead to other dairies relocating from other areas of the nation," Fischer added.
"Governor Elect Walker spoke to the right crowd about job creation," said Jerry Meissner, DBA President.
The dairy industry in Wisconsin employs over 146,000 Wisconsin residents and generates over $26.5 billion in economic activity.
"Dairy producers and processors are the key for Wisconsin to get back on track and prosper," Meissner said.
According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Wisconsin dairy operations spent $1.41 billion on improving their dairy facilities from 2006 to 2010. Over the next five years, dairy farmers plan on spending $1.18 billion on investments for new facilities and upgrades.
Meissner said, "Dairy farmers who are thinking about making these investments look forward to Governor Elect Walkerís new administration because he is dedicated to lowering taxes, reducing regulatory burdens, and safeguarding the predictability of Wisconsinís livestock siting law."
Meissner went on to say: "There is no question that Governor Elect Walkerís commitments will create a sense of certainty and the conditions for a favorable business climate necessary to ensure future investments."
"Every farmer, every farm business, every rural community and every Wisconsin citizen will benefit from these commitments," Meissner said.
The Dairy Business Association is an industry organization comprised of dairy producers, corporate and allied industry supporters. DBA's aim is to promote the growth and success of dairy farms in Wisconsin by fostering a positive business and political environment.
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