WisGOP Statement on Governor Evers’ State of the State Address January 23, 2024 MADISON, Wis — If you are covering Governor Tony Evers’ State of the State Address, please consider the following statement from WisGOP Chairman Brian Schimming: “From an economic recession to cheerleading for DEI, Governor Tony Evers has dragged Wisconsin down over the course of his tenure. Wisconsinites know our state can do better than the failed policies and uninspired vision of Evers.” — WisGOP Chairman Brian Schimming Background Wisconsin’s GDP declined for three straight quarters in 2023. It was one of only six states in America that reported a decline in GDP growth in Q2. Wisconsin has lost more than 6,000 manufacturing jobs since February of last year with 72% of employers in Wisconsin having trouble hiring. Confidence in Wisconsin’s economy among business leaders has fallen from 39% to 22% in the last six months. Only 10% described the state of Wisconsin’s economy as strong. 455 dairy farms closed in Wisconsin in 2023 with agriculture continuing to suffer from a prolonged decline. Evers has doubled down on disastrous DEI policies, wasting tens of millions of tax dollars on doomed-to-fail programs. Milwaukee has the third-highest violent crime rate in the United States under Governor Evers.