Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
Grow Wisconsin 2005: Building on a Strong Foundation
When Gov. Jim Doyle took office in 2003, he made economic development his top priority, and later that year issued his Grow Wisconsin economic development plan. Grow Wisconsin identified goals and measurable outcomes so that scarce economic development funds could be wisely and effectively used.
Since then, the Governor has signed virtually every piece of legislation called for in the plan - eliminating the tax on creating jobs, streamlining regulations, investing in industry, and improving our business climate. The results have been impressive:
The Governor also kept his promise for restoring fiscally-responsible government to Wisconsin. His budget eliminated a $1.6 billion deficit without raising taxes; froze property taxes; cut taxes by $325 million over the next four years; and reduced state agency spending by $272 million in the next two years
But there is more work to be done to build a strong and sustainable economy in Wisconsin. Thats why Gov. Doyle recently released the Grow Wisconsin 2005 agenda. The agenda focuses on three major areas: fostering a competitive business climate, investing in the workforce and investing in business. The Governor remains committed to competing at the high-end, where Wisconsin can use built-in advantages such as our great educational resources, hardworking people and tradition of innovation.
The Grow Wisconsin 2005 agenda advances economic development by
By carrying out a coherent strategy that focuses on the high end, we have made great strides toward a solid economic recovery. If we continue to work together on the Grow Wisconsin 2005 agenda, we can fulfill Wisconsins promise of a vibrant economy and superb quality of life.
- Mary P. Burke, Secretary
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