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Kleefisch: Wisconsin's Ready for Small Business Progress

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch encourages small business owners to join Small Business Summit.

On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch delivered the weekly radio address titled Small Business Summit. The following is the transcript from her address:

Hi I’m Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

This week marks the end of October as National Manufacturing Month.  You probably already know we lead the nation in making cheese, and you definitely know the Packers will always be at the top. But did you know that Wisconsin still ranks first among the 50 states in manufacturing jobs per capita?  That’s right! And we’re making strides to improve our business climate and improve our workforce to make Wisconsin even better for manufacturers, other small businesses, and our great citizens. 

We’re doing this by listening to you.  At last year’s small business summit in Green Bay, that’s exactly what we did.  The governor and I handed the microphone to our job creators and they told us how to put government back on track.  Get out of the way of the private sector creating jobs, help to develop our workforce, transform our education system, invest in our infrastructure, and reform government to work more like a business.

One year later, we’ve made significant progress.  But we’re ready for more.  On Nov. 8, the Governor’s Second Annual Small Business Summit will be held in La Crosse. On behalf of the governor, we look forward to turning the microphone back over to the job creators so we can build on these successes to move Wisconsin forward. 

For more information on how you can participate in this year’s summit, please visit us at www.wheda.com.

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

patchreader 123 November 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I find Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's dated, late-80's Tammy Faye Baker look to be about as stylish as Jason Patzfahl's dated, early-2000s David Beckham faux hawk look. http://greendale.patch.com/users/jason-patzfahl/photos#photo-7956897 http://www.menshairstyletrends.com/quiff-peaked-wav/ …..merely more hypocrisy from the self-proclaimed satirist.
Michael McClusky November 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
@Richard Head Economists measure the health of the economy by what is called money flow. This can be accurately measured by our state sales tax revenues. When revenues go up, then that indicates greater economic activity. The more activity the greater amount of people benefit from it. Too many people think that the economy is based on wealth accumulation. This is untrue. Economists call invested money dead money. US Corporations are currently sitting on 1.8 trillion dollars in cash and they do not plan on hiring anyone soon. In fact, they are demanding further tax cuts. The disconnect between Corporate America and the US populous has not been so glaring in years.
Steve ® November 04, 2012 at 04:37 PM
GoSteve ®
Bren November 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
One could accuse you of "creepiness" toward your preferred candidates, Bob. You appear to have a need to satisfy emotions with your preferred political candidates in addition to doctrine; I merely have professional respect for mine. When there is such a disparity in qualification, for example between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett, or Rebecca Kleefisch and Barbara Lawton, that disparity is glaringly stark. You chose to vote for a college-dropout for Governor; I chose to vote for the J.D. with economics background. Nothing "wet kiss" or "obsessive" about that. Just plain ole common sense.
Dave Koven November 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Go jump in the lake.
Bren November 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Anti, the ACA forces insurance companies to justify their rates and refund customers beyond a certain percentage point if they cannot. For example, I received a $35 refund from my insurance company. Not much, but it's a start. It's one thing to choose to purchase a luxury item and pay the higher cost; health care is not a luxury and that's what it has turned into. This is going to be a long, tough battle but it must be engaged to restore sanity to the process. If rates and coverage were reasonable, there would be less reliance of government. More people could pay their bills, and hospitals and doctors would get paid. I know a number of people who don't go to the doctor when they should because their monthly insurance premiums and deductibles are so high they can't afford it. There's something just a little wrong with that.
Bob McBride November 04, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Bren, the next time some article involving Kleefisch pops up here you'll have your opportunity to prove that this isn't just some ridiculous obsession you harbor. Until then, the record speaks for itself. I'd put money on your inability to resist, but I think we all know what that leads to here....
The Anti-Alinsky November 04, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Bren wrote: "Anti, the ACA forces insurance companies to justify their rates and refund customers beyond a certain percentage point if they cannot. For example, I received a $35 refund from my insurance company. Not much, but it's a start." Yes Bren, but tell me, when the government FORCES you to take children to age 26 AND people with pre-existing conditions AND removes lifetime caps, what happens to the cost of insurance? It goes up, and since those costs can be justified, the expense to deal with it gets passed along to us. BOcare did NOTHING to address the real costs of rising health care. Rather,it just added a higher burden to the system WITHOUT providing options to lower costs (Unlike Governor Scott Walker who had to remove millions from state aid to schools, but offset that with tools for local governments to balance their budgets) I just went to the ER for one of my kids where, because of a temporary clerical error, I received a bill of $3,000 from the hospital. We got it squared away with the insurance company, but how could the 2 hours we spent in the ER cost that much? The doctor was in the room for about ten minutes, x-rays were billed separately, and the nurse spent maybe a half hour on and off. THAT'S where B.O. and his Democratic cronies should have focused their energies.
Lyle Ruble November 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
@The Anti-Alinsky...She may not need cosmetics but it sure would help if she had a brain. She is the Wisconsin model for an "air head".
The Anti-Alinsky November 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Continued: B.O. missed a great opportunity to reach across the aisle to try and solve health care. In March of 2010, rather than ramming PPACA through the House, he should have sat down with both Democratic and Republican leaders and said: Look, we can get this through on a partisan effort. But I would rather come up with REAL solutions to solve this. Keep that in mind as we work to solve this problem. Instead, B.O. just rammed it through, which shows the lack of leadership he has!
AWD November 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
@Lyle Ruble, and you have the nerve to call me a misogynist. Your hatred for Republican women is off the charts. GOP women like Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch are smart, intellectual, and generally care about how they present themselves, and they use makeup. God shines on Conservatives because they don't believe in killing his unborn children. Maybe that's why liberal women are so unattractive.
The Anti-Alinsky November 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Linda, just because you heard it from B.O.'s Propoganda Ministry doesn't mean it's true. Remember Romney was labelled a felon? Remember Romney had millions hid in the Caymans? Remember the Benghazi attack was a protest gotten out of hand? Remember "I will cut the deficit in half in four years"? Remember "You didn't build that"? And that's just a start!
Lyle Ruble November 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
@AWD....Did I say all conservative women, no. I could care less what someone looks like. I am more concerned with the quality of their mind and the depth of their soul. The Lt. Governor strictly parrots the party line leaving one to wonder if their is anything between the ears.
Luke November 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Lyle, Can you imagine how funny it would be if Kleefisch posted here and insulted your intelligence while confusing "there" with "their"??? Boy, would she look stupid. Imagine the irony!!!
Luke November 05, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Lyle, You've spent the last two damn days insulting the intelligence of various people. As someone with no small amount of experience with psychometrics, I would really like to know what your IQ score is. After that, I would like to discuss the reasons you feel the need to do that.
Mike in OC November 05, 2012 at 02:19 PM
It amazes me how vile the tree huggers are on here towards our Lt Gov.... seems like they are even more vile just because she is a woman. Bren, Jason, Lyle... you all should be ashamed of yourselves....
Harry November 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Lee = Loser Romney = Winner
H.E. Pennypacker November 05, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Liberals have a hard time dealing with attractive women in politics. Look at how they attacked Sarah Palin. Their idea of beauty is Helen Thomas or thunder thighs Hillary Clinton.
GearHead November 05, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@Penny: Could you imagine a singing duet between Hillary and Gwen Moore? Enough to make me tear the ears off my head. Throw Thomas in, and call the EPA for noise pollution abatement! (Sorry for the mind-song that is forever stuck in your head now)
Lyle Ruble November 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
@Steve and The Anti-Alinsky....Although the Great Recession is officially over, the losses were so great that the recovery is a long laborious process. If you have read your history, the Great Depression began in 1929/1930 and the nation was not fully recovered until 1946. This economic downturn is the worst since the Great Depression and to expect to be fully recovered within four short years is unrealistic. Since we are in a global economy, much is out of our control. Economists are predicting faster growth and recovery rates for 2013/14, no matter who occupies the Presidency. We are also transitioning into a different kind of economy altogether, much of it is still undiscovered. Transition from a post industrial economy to the information/service economy is driving significant changes. To look for a reestablishment of the old model based on continuous growth is looking for something that probably will never occur again.
Lyle Ruble November 05, 2012 at 03:34 PM
@Luke....i am equally curious as to why you're reacting so strongly to my assessment of the Lt. Governor. I have listened to her many times and I have yet to hear her to say something substantive. As far as my I.Q., that is something that I am not going to share. I will say that it is at least two standard deviations above the mean. However, as you know, that is only one measure out of many. Political opinion has nothing to do with intelligence, there are so many other variables determining social positioning. The only correlation that I find between high intelligence and social position is that of religiosity. They is a strong correlation between high intelligence and agnosticism and atheism.
Lyle Ruble November 05, 2012 at 03:44 PM
@Luke....I am human and I do make errors. If that is all you can criticize then I guess I'll survive.
Lyle Ruble November 05, 2012 at 03:48 PM
@Mike in OC....Where did you get the tree hugger from?
Lyle Ruble November 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
@H.E. Pennypacker....Seems that you are obsessed with women's attractiveness. That seems pretty shallow to me for making decisions about someone's worth.
Bob McBride November 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
You guys have had two shots at her and you lost. Time to move on. 2014 will be here in a heartbeat. In the meantime, why not fill some of that time trying figure out why you have such a problem with her, but reelect Lena Taylor and Gwen Moore on a regular basis.
Bucky December 16, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Sorry Becky , A day to late and a dollar to short. This should have been #1 on your agenda from day one. Love your comments Bren, you hit the nail right on the head !
Bucky December 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Bren, Those adoring clances are only Becky's thoughts of dreaming of being our next Gov after Scooter Wanker goes to prison.
Bucky December 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Annie are you a Hooker ? I thought that I seen you Hooking out in Madison during the protests.
Bucky December 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Need an air head in OC Mike ... We have a bunch of them , and you can have them all.
Bucky December 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
@ H.E. Pennypacker ... If you think S P is good looking you must have very low standards. May have been at one time in her life but those years are long gone.

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