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Jan 15, 201909:34 AMInside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Evers’ message to business group measured, but largely upbeat

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Transportation: “The present course the state is on is unsustainable,” Evers said, a reference to the stalemate over if and how Wisconsin can raise more revenue for road repairs and construction. “Transportation is an issue that can be solved,” he said. “The public want us to do so.”

Broadband: “Robust” connections to the internet across Wisconsin are vital to the economy in rural Wisconsin, Evers said, because growth is slowed when businesses can’t easily reach markets that may lie far beyond their community.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.: Evers seemed to call something of a timeout on his campaign views of the WEDC, which he advocated disbanding. He’s met with WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan and signaled he will continue to do so, even if the Legislature installed nine-month “training wheels” in one of the extraordinary session bills.

Evers recognized there’s a need for privacy around competitive business deals negotiated by WEDC but called for more “transparency” in its reporting. However, he reminded the Legislature the office best able to “bring all of state government to bear on economic development” is his own and training wheels don’t help.

It may take time to find “common ground,” but that often begins with a few shovels of soil and turf at a time.

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Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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