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Governor Walker Talks Workforce DevelopmentSubmitted: 02/11/2013
Story By Melissa Constanzer

Governor Walker Talks Workforce Development
RHINELANDER - Even in 2013, getting back to work remains one of the biggest political issues. That's apparent with Governor Walker's latest tour of the state. Governor Walker stopped in Rhinelander today to hold a fireside chat at Ministry St. Mary's.

His main focus was discussing workforce development. Walker knows there is a list of things the state needs.

"Certainly at the top of that list is creating jobs. But one of the interesting things that I've found the last two years as your governor is, in many places we do have jobs available but one of the big challenges is we don't have enough people with the skill sets needed to fill those jobs," Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Republican.

The medical field is one area that needs help. He says focusing on education and keeping medical students working in Wisconsin is the best way to help. The Governor didn't just focus on healthcare. He also touched on the paper industry's future, especially Wausau Paper's.

"Whatever potential buyer would be of those sites, we'd be in a position to offer them not only incentives, but even training grants and other things and that would ensure that those jobs stay both in Rhinelander and Mosinee," says Walker.

Walker would not comment on his budget address that he is set to give next Wednesday.


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