Gov. Doyle’s Office: During Trip to Washington, D.C., Governor Doyle to Urge Military Officials to Protect Wisconsin Bases

Ethnie Groves, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2156

Will Also Testify On Mercury Marine Before the International
Trade Commission

Governor Jim Doyle is headed to Washington, D.C. to fight to
preserve Wisconsin jobs on Monday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 14,
2004. The purpose of his visit is twofold: Governor Doyle will meet with
officials to urge the federal government to preserve Wisconsin’s military
bases, and will testify before the International Trade Commission in support
of a complaint filed by Mercury Marine, an outboard engine manufacturer
based in Fond du Lac.

On Monday, at 3:00 p.m. CST, Governor Doyle will hold a
conference call with reporters after meeting with Deputy Under Secretary of
Defense for Installations and Environment Phillip Grone to urge him to keep
Wisconsin’s military bases off the federal government’s Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) list. Governor Doyle will hand deliver reports that detail
the value of the state’s military bases, which have an estimated $918.97
million impact on the Wisconsin economy. The Defense Department is
currently evaluating U.S. military installations to make recommendations to
the BRAC Commission on which bases to close.

On Tuesday, at 9:30 a.m. EST, Governor Doyle will testify in
support of a complaint filed by Mercury Marine before the International
Trade Commission regarding Japanese outboard engines that are being sold in
the United States at less than fair value. The outcome of the complaint
will affect Mercury Marine and Bombardier Recreational Products, based in
Sturtevant. The two outboard engine producers employ about 4,000 people in