Gov. Scott Walker took to the campaign trail in Kenosha Sunday, taking part in the Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade and meeting with residents outside Sir Claude’s Barber and Beauty, 2327 63rd St.
He briefly touched on three topics: “dark store” legislation, workforce training and tariffs.
Contrary to Republican leadership in the statehouse, Walker said he was in favor of the Legislature taking up closing the “dark stores” loophole that allows big retailers to curtail their tax assessments.
He said it is a bipartisan issue that should be resolved in the next session.
“This has been an issue that hasn’t creeped up in the last two years. This is an issue that has been an issue for years before I was governor,” he said. “Democrats, Republicans, both need to deal with it. ... My hope would be early next year when the Legislature comes back in (session).”
On the heels of the groundbreaking of Foxconn’s $10 billion manufacturing facility in Racine County, Walker also spoke about the need to create a bigger, better-trained workforce.
“We actually have more job openings right now ... than we have (workers to fill them). ... There’s a job for everyone who wants a job in the state of Wisconsin even before Haribo and Foxconn (opens),” he said. “Our biggest challenge now is to make sure every one of our graduates is trained and that we can find a career path for everyone in the state.”
Walker took issues with the Trump administration’s use of tariffs, which have led to other countries imposing tariffs of their own.
He said the best way to level the playing field was to have no tariffs, alluding to what he said was the president’s recommendation at the recent G7 summit.
Walker said more than 50 Wisconsin farmers “got cut off” by Grassland Dairy, which stopped buying state-produced milk due to price controls imposed by the Canadian government, which was “effectively a tariff” on local dairy farmers.