Here in Wisconsin, we’re known as a bold leader on welfare reform. Not too long ago, Tommy Thompson led state-level welfare reform that sparked a national movement.

Once again, we’re setting the example for what conservative welfare reforms can accomplish. Under our leadership, Wisconsin is working – we have record-low unemployment, businesses are growing and investment is returning to Wisconsin. Now, we need as many people off the sidelines and back in the game as possible.

And the results are clear. Our bold reforms are responsible for transitioning over 25,000 people off food stamps in Wisconsin – transferring people from government dependence to true independence through the dignity that’s born from work.

But we didn’t stop there —

  • We’ve put in place stronger work requirements, raising the weekly hourly minimum from 20 to 30, the maximum under federal law.
  • Our reforms require everyone to pass a drug test, while providing rehabilitation resources to those who fail but are willing and able to return to the workforce.
  • We’ve put asset limits on FoodShare, Wisconsin Works, and Wisconsin Share – excluding people with high home and personal vehicle values.
  • The “benefits cliff” for childcare has been eliminated – encouraging work to advance to higher wage jobs.
  • We’ve instituted employment plans for individuals in public housing.

Despite these accomplishments that have Wisconsin working, there’s still more to be done, and we aren’t finished yet.

We can’t be complacent this year. After all the positive things we’ve accomplished together, we have another big fight ahead of us.

The Left is angry and motivated and we need to counter their anger with organization and optimism. We have a strong record of results – Wisconsin is working – and it’s on us to share that story with our friends and neighbors. Now is the time to work even harder than we have before. It’s time to stand up and defend the positive things we’ve done – because if the Democrats have their way, everything we’ve worked so hard for will be undone.

If we organize and spread our message of optimism, we can win once again and continue delivering conservative reforms. We will ensure the future remains bright. Together, we will keep moving Wisconsin forward.

Scott Walker is the 45th and current Governor of Wisconsin. He was first elected in 2011, and he is the only governor in American history to survive a recall after his historic Act 10 reforms.