Lt. Gov. Kleefisch Looks to Get Wisconsin 'Back to Work'

This was followed by a brutal and historic recall election in 2011, in which Governor Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall, and Kleefisch the first lieutenant governor to be subjected to recall. Both received more votes than they had received in 2010.

Despite the success, Governor Walker’s election pledge to create an environment in which 250,000 new jobs would be created over his first term has fallen short, victim to the sluggish national economy. Lt. Governor Kleefisch admits that much remains to be done.

Kleefisch lists the following as tasks for the next term: continued review of state laws and regulations to determine those which are out of date, either requiring amendment or repeal; continuing tax cuts (despite the drop from third place to tenth and the difference between Wisconsin’s surplus and Illinois’ shortfall, Illinois’ overall tax burden is still lower than Wisconsin’s); continued improvement of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial climate; and new job-training initiatives (the official state job listing website carries a current balance of some 67.900 jobs which are unfilled for lack of applicants with the proper skills).

As actions taken towards these ends, Kleefisch cites her regular small business roundtables, in which local businessmen are invited to meet with her to voice concerns and offer solutions, and her annual Small Business Summit, attended by all the state’s cabinet officers and department heads, at which intensive networking and discussion of the interface between government and business takes place. She says the roundtables also help clarify tax reforms and the state's budgets.

Lt. Governor Kleefisch declined to take any credit for Wisconsin’s improvements and initiatives, calling herself a “lieutenant in the army to get Wisconsin back to work.”