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2019-21 Wisconsin state budget passes

July 16th, 2019|

With 78 partial vetoes, Governor Evers officially passed the Wisconsin 2019-21 state budget on July 2. The $82-billion budget included important priorities for Alliance members, including investments in transportation funding and K-12 education, as well as the proposed cuts to income taxes. The approved budget included a moderate income tax decrease, property tax levy limits [...]

Supporting legislation to strengthen education

May 8th, 2019|

The Alliance is supporting SB165, which would improve the transfer of credits among post-secondary institutions.  In short, the bill would expand the current universal credit transfer agreement between the UW system and the Wisconsin Technical College System. Currently the UW system is required to have a set of 30 general education credits that transfer seamlessly [...]

Addressing the workforce issue

May 2nd, 2019|

As part of a comprehensive strategy to address the workforce issue, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is working to connect businesses and educational institutions. It's important for us to work together to make sure students are both college- AND career-ready after high school graduation. Click here to watch the video. This video was originally shown [...]

Alliance expands advocacy efforts

March 18th, 2019|

As the Alliance heads in to our 101st year, we’re excited to announce the continued growth and expansion of our advocacy efforts on behalf of Waukesha County businesses. For years, advocacy has been a core focus of the Alliance as we work to provide a clear and persuasive voice for the business community and advocate for business-friendly legislation at the local, state and federal levels.

Governor Tony Evers unveils first state budget

March 4th, 2019|

Governor Tony Evers unveiled his first state budget last Thursday.  The Alliance’s policy committees and staff are examining the $83-billion state budget to identify issues significantly impacting our member businesses and outlined in the Alliance’s 2019 Policy Agenda. These include policy solutions that address the workforce shortage, foster strong business-education partnerships, help modernize our state’s critical infrastructure, drive economic development and promote government efficiencies. 

Alliance meets with leaders in D.C. on trade, tariffs and other international issues

March 4th, 2019|

Alliance staff joined a group of 30 business and chamber leaders from around the state for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce D.C. Fly-In on Feb. 12 and 13. The focus of this year’s trip was on international issues, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), trade and tariffs, international aid and immigration. The two-day fly-in included [...]

School of Applied Technologies programs enjoy record enrollments

January 29th, 2019|

When the economy is strong, jobs are plentiful and college enrollments are steady. When the unemployment rate is high, people tend to go back to school and enrollments rise. In Waukesha County Technical College’s School of Applied Technologies, there has been a bit of a paradigm shift. The unemployment rate in the United States in October 2018 remained at a low 3.7 percent, but enrollment in our applied technologies programs soared.