MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) recently honored Representative Joel Kleefisch with the prestigious Working for Wisconsin Award at Sentry Equipment Corp. in Oconomowoc. The award is given to legislators who stand up for jobs and improve the state’s business climate by voting 75 percent or greater in support of the pro-jobs position on the WMC legislative scorecard. WMC reports that Representative Joel Kleefisch voted 100 percent to support job-creating legislation.
“Representative Kleefisch demonstrated courage and vision in voting for job creation,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO. “Wisconsin witnessed the most pro-job legislature in modern state history.”
The Working for Wisconsin Award is given out to legislators based solely on the official review of legislators’ votes obtained from the records of the legislature. WMC represents 3,500 companies that employ 500,000 workers.
“Joel Kleefisch was among the 77 legislators who stood up for jobs, fought for workers, and showed vision and courage in standing their ground,” said James Buchen, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for WMC. “These individuals showed their conviction when many would have crumbled under the pressure. They are among the most visionary leaders for job creation I have ever seen.”
(Pictured left to right, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; Representative Joel Kleefisch; Michael Farrell, President and CEO; and Rebecca Hogan, WMC Director of Health and Human Resources Policy.)
The WMC scorecard is available on the WMC website. WMC reports that 53 legislators had 100 percent pro-jobs voting records on the WMC scorecard.
Buchen said WMC will work with the Governor and lawmakers of both parties to move Wisconsin forward in the upcoming legislative session. “Jobs are priority one and should draw bipartisan support in the 2013-2014 session. We look forward to making Wisconsin the most competitive state in the nation by helping Wisconsin employers create jobs through pro-growth legislation.”
2012 WMC Working for Wisconsin Award Winners (complete list)
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