Zipperer, chief of staff for Gov. Scott Walker, discusses
the state budget during a meet-and-greet held Friday by the
Waukesha County Business Alliance.
— Gov. Scott Walker has returned to the state Capitol and
renewed his focus on Wisconsin and its budget, his Chief of Staff
Rich Zipperer emphasized during a meet-and-greet event held Friday
morning by the Waukesha County Business Alliance. Zipperer’s
talk followed suit and focused on issues in the budget and where
the state is headed.
formerly was the state senator representing the 33rd District and
he still lives in Pewaukee.
is very much engaged in the state and wants to work on job
creation and economic growth,” Zipperer said Friday.
of the areas that Walker is focusing on is the civil service and
how the public sector can hire the best employees for the
positions. Zipperer said right now the public sector struggles
with being able to compete with the private sector because of the
slowness of its hiring process, which involves tests and
interviews of unqualified candidates.
think too often fantastic employees were lost to the private
sector,” he said.
wants to work to streamline the hiring process, Zipperer said.
big issue Zipperer focused on Friday was the amount of
transportation funds in the budget, which made headlines this
week. The governor asked lawmakers to approve an additional $200
million in bonding for road projects in 2016 to keep some major
projects on track.
said the bond level is at its lowest in 20 years. He said Walker
also wants to keep the level of bonding down and at an appropriate
audience member asked about the advantages and disadvantages of
raising revenue with tolls.
said the tolls would need to be approved by the federal government
and they sometimes are inefficient to operate. But he said a plus
is that it’s a way to raise revenue from out-of-state residents
who use Wisconsin’s highways, much like if someone who buys gas
in Wisconsin and pays tax on it.
area that Zipperer highlighted Friday is how health care costs are
have quickly seen that health care is a cost driver that we have
to frequently respond to with the budget,” he said.
real concern, Zipperer said, is not knowing where the federal
government is headed with health care.
audience member asked about the Waukesha application for Lake
Michigan water and said it was a case where bureaucracy has been
responsive, citing the Department of Natural Resources’ work on
the project. He also wanted to know what the governor’s office
is doing to help the process along and to encourage other
states’ governors to vote in favor of the application.
said the process is at the point where the DNR is reviewing the
comments it received during public hearings and will finalize
documents in the coming weeks.
of the work has already started with the DNR talking to other
states to lay the groundwork,” he said. “We are very well
aware of the potential benefits for Waukesha County and the