Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited Ripon briefly last week Thursday, trumpeting Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plans while on her way to an aerospace conference in Oshkosh.

   Kleefisch praised Walker’s plans, noting she believes Riponites have benefited — and will continue to benefit — from her superior’s economic efforts.

   “Obviously we want to foster an economic-development environment that both rural and urban communities can benefit from,” she said, noting tax credits, for instance, have led to some “very good results.”

   Such efforts, she said, have helped spur Wisconsin businesses, including communities such as Ripon.

   “I think a lot of our employers look forward to working with our department rather than against our government,” Kleefisch said, noting government can play a large role in whether businesses create jobs. “We have a lot of job creators out there who were hesitant [to hire while elections were ongoing] ... We need to stop with the political [fighting] and we need government stability.”

   She added the state surplus of $419 million “enabled us to give an income tax cut,” that, though criticized by some, will help average families, she argued. “I think the average family understands this is just a down payment on the future. Also, if you saw a $100 bill on the sidewalk, would you walk by it? I’m a mother of two. That would mean 40 Little Caesars pizzas. That makes a tangible difference.”

Read the full story in the April 4, 2013 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.