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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wisconsin: "Open for Business"

Have you ever wondered why state welcome signs often contain the name of the state's governor? Not every state does, but many do, including Wisconsin's.

Well, Wisconsin's used to. Governor Scott Walker has replaced the state's signs containing former governor Jim Doyle's name with signs that say, "Open for Business."

Walker took a dig at Minnesota, among other neighboring states, with his statement explaining the signs.
"The pro-growth initiatives I support stand in stark contrast to those policies being discussed in our bordering states," Walker said in a statement. "These signs are aimed directly at job creators to make them aware that they are welcome here. As our neighbor states make it more difficult for private employers to create jobs, they can 'Escape to Wisconsin.'"
According to the last numbers I saw Minnesota's economy was doing better than Wisconsin's, but Walker seems pretty determined to change that. Whether or not he does - and I doubt he will - I like the fact that the governor's name is no longer on the welcome sign. It seems like a better use of space to advertise for the state instead.



Anonymous Kandi declared,

How about, "Welcome to Wisconsin! Our liquor stores are open seven days a week!"
On a somewhat related note, I haven't been to Hudson for a while; have they replaced the ugly wooden WI cutout signs? Man, those are so dated.

1/26/2011 5:38 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Funny, I always liked those signs. I don't think anything could be worse than Minnesota's old signs. I'm really glad they replaced those! Their signs now are much sharper.

1/28/2011 2:09 PM  

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