WMC Statements on Bills Signed by Gov. Walker on Monday


MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker signed nearly 100 bills on Monday at the State Capitol, including AB 811, AB 748 and AB 941. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) release the following statements related to the signing of these three bills:

AB 811 – Relating to Wisconsin’s talent attraction marketing campaign

This bill would charge the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) with creating an ad campaign in locations outside the state aimed at attracting young professionals and veterans to work and live in Wisconsin.

WMC President & CEO Kurt R. Bauer released the following statement after the governor signed this bill:

“Wisconsin’s workforce shortage is a mega issue. Eight out of every 10 businesses in the state are struggling to find workers. However, we have record-low unemployment and a record-high labor force participation rate. That means we must look outside of our state for the talented workforce our businesses need, which is why WMC has advocated for a paid advertising campaign the last four years. We commend the legislature and Gov. Walker for taking action to get more ready, willing and able workers to move into Wisconsin.”

AB 748 – Relating to the preemption of local governments enacting or enforcing certain ordinances

This bill creates statewide employment standards and ensures businesses will not be subject to costly and job killing employment mandates from the nearly 2,000 local municipalities in Wisconsin. AB 748 makes Wisconsin a more competitive place to do business by establishing one set of employment rules for employers and workers to navigate.

WMC Director of Health and Human Resources Policy Chris Reader released the following statement after the bill was signed into law:

“There is no reason that businesses in our state should have to worry about expensive HR mandates being enacted by the nearly 2,000 units of local government in Wisconsin. This bill ensures that in most areas of employment law, employers have one, statewide and uniform set of rules to follow, whether they are in Milwaukee, La Crosse, the Fox Valley or all three. This law is just another in a line of reforms that have improved Wisconsin’s business climate. It will protect jobs by keeping Wisconsin communities open for business. Thanks to Rep. Hutton and Sen. Kapenga for their leadership on this bill.”

AB 941 – Relating to iron or steel slag as an item of value

This bill exempts slag produced as a result of the production or processing of iron or steel from the state’s definition of “solid waste.” The exemption only applies if the “slag” is managed “as an item of value and not discarded.”

WMC General Counsel and Director of Environmental and Energy Policy Lucas Vebber released the following statement after the signing of this bill:

“This legislation will slash red tape and increase recycling, that is good for the environment and it is good for business. That’s a win-win. Thank you to Rep. Tittl and Sen. Stroebel for working to make this common sense proposal a reality for Wisconsin.”


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