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Gov Walker: Wisconsin’s Exports Are Growing

Scott Walker delivers his weekly radio address. This week he talks about how agricultural exports from Wisconsin increased by 5 percent.

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as."

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

This week the Wisconsin the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released figures for Wisconsin’s exports through the first half of 2012. And they had great news to report. 

Wisconsin exported $1.5 billion worth of agricultural products to over 132 countries, which is an increase of 5 percent over first six months of 2011.  Over the same time, U.S. exports of agricultural products totaled $77 billion—a decrease of 4 percent. 

Wisconsin’s total exports grew by 7.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012, with specific increases in the exports of industrial machinery, agricultural products, vehicles and medical and scientific instruments.  Wisconsin exports totaled $11.6 billion in the first quarter of 2012. 

The production of Wisconsin’s economy is strong, which is demonstrated by the growth of exports.  This data is encouraging and signals products made by Wisconsin’s private sector economy are valued all across the world.

While we work to overcome an underperforming national economy, these figures are good news for the residents of our state.  Unlike the failed economic policies being currently pursued at the federal level, we will continue to foster a pro-growth environment in Wisconsin to get government out of the way, so private sector employers can create jobs.

The Anti-Alinsky August 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
True Bren, a campaign of focusing on job creation would have been a more realistic, but unmeasurable goal. If there had only been a few thousand jobs created by 2014, it would be so easy to just shrug it off and say "well, it's the best anyone could do in this economy". However, Governor Walker made a HUGE goal, and is doing his best to achieve it. Who do you think I am going to vote for in 2014, the guy who went for 250,000 jobs and got 200,000? or the guy who "focused on job creation" and only got 2,000?
Bitter Clinger August 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
If things go according to plan, starting on Nov 7, 2012, I believe you're going to see the stirrings of an awakening giant. With a new team at the federal level, we can unshackle the economy and see a real recovery from The Great Recession. Feel free to disagree with my opinion, just keep it civil and use logic and reality. I'm JayZee and I approve this message
Bren August 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Anti, there's no way he's going to create 200,000 jobs in this economic climate. What you call setting a huge goal I call a cynical lie to get elected. I can't "speak" for anyone else but I have little time for this type of self-serving foolishness when teamwork and strategic thinking are needed. There is no logical way that a single state can buck an international trend of job stagnation. I would hope that you vote for a reasonable candidate who sets intelligent, achievable goals instead of a "personality star" who is in it to promote himself and a multi-state special interest agenda. Robert, I reported the Dept. of Workforce Development numbers because those are Walker's preferred source. I'm not sure if you don't believe ALEC exists or don't know what it is intended to do. But all of Walker's "bold" new ideas come straight from that organization. Every ALEC governor (including FL, ME, OH, MI, IN) has been passing cookie cutter legislation: ALEC union stripping, ALEC corporate tax cuts, ALEC voter ID, etc. How "bold" is it to check off items on a list you didn't even create? And if you wish to complain about the number of government jobs you should definitely contact George W. Bush as he hired more government workers than every single president since Eisenhower. I believe everyone agrees that it's difficult to get an accurate jobs picture. I'm sorry your son can't find work, I have a relative in this situation too.
Bernard Forand August 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Those numbers are similar in character as to a stock business profile. Make it look worth buying, but alas, the stock goes down into the winters doldrums. Good to hear good news though. That only 28,000 jobs were created is so, so. Not enough to stop the rise in unemployment though. {7 to 7.3} Perhaps if we examine the outsourcing of corporations and jobs that might help to clarify the snow job we are getting with this weekly report. Think I’ll stop by the hardware store and get me a snow shovel.
$$andSense August 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
The Canadian Pacific and National RRs are no friends of the US. They have both picked up US trackage to transport Candian goods (grain and manufacured goods) to US ports since theirs are hamstrung more so in winter than ours. Yet they have no issue with the US Coast Guard keeping the St. Lawrence open or the Mississippi connection. Not so many years ago the CN tried to abandon trackage from Ozaukee Co north. Good thing the county boards and municipals along that route intervened to stymie that proposal. Now, Wisconsin Southern (an AMERICAN company mind you) is providing service to customers along that route that CN would have thrown under the bus. Scotty boy best recognize that and support state businesses that also participated in salvaging what could have been a travesty if that trackage were lost. The Canuck's can't be trusted when it comes to economic trench warfare

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