WAUKESHA - President Obama wants to train more people for in-demand jobs.
That was the focus of his speech in Waukesha Thursday.
The President spoke to workers at a GE plant.
He said GE is an example of how job training programs can be successful.
"I'm just saying, you can make a really a good living and have a great career without getting a 4-year college education as long as you get the skills and the training that you need," said the President.
President Obama has asked Vice President Biden to lead a review of all job training programs.
He also asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
Thursday's stop was part of a 4-state tour.
The President is expanding on some of the themes from his State of the Union address.
The President has a 44-percent approval rating in Wisconsin.
That's down from a 49-percent approval rating in October.
11:02 A.M. President Barack Obama arrived in Wisconsin this morning to talk up some of his themes from the state of the union address.
The President is expected to discuss jobs and the minimum wage.
Just before 11:00 a.m., he arrived the General Electric plant in Waukesha that makes gas engines.
It's part of a 4-stop tour the President is making.
He will expand on themes from his State of the Union address.
Today's visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in 2 years.
A poll released Monday says his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent.
That's down from 49 percent in October.
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RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
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