WisBusiness: Business Leaders Gather in Madison

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman will discuss the Doyle administration’s plans to increase employment in the state when she speaks at 10:30 a.m. today at Business Day in the Monona Terrace. Her talk is part of a secretaries panel.

Gov. Jim Doyle is slated to speak at 4 p.m. to the gathering, which is sponsored primarily by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce. The event is expected to attract more than 1,000 business leaders from around the state to discuss tax relief, liability reform, and the future of our state’s economy.

“It is absolutely critical that elected officials and policymakers hear from our state’s business leaders,” said James S. Haney, president of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

“Wisconsin’s business leaders are job creators and when they come to Madison they will explain that the decisions made at the Capitol have a direct impact on economic growth.”

Business Day in Madison will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is hosted by WMC and 20 other event partners and 37 other local chambers of commerce.

Tony Snow, of Fox News, will deliver the keynote address at a noon luncheon.

In addition, Barry Asmus, a senior economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis, will talk about the State of the American economy.

The business leaders also will visit the Capitol to talk to lawmakers about issues affecting Wisconsin’s economy – high taxes, a liability crisis, health care costs, and other issues.

Panel discussions will include liability reform, a discussion with Cabinet secretaries, and a meeting with legislative leadership of both parties.

“Wisconsin’s economy is growing, and that’s a testament to many of the pro-growth decisions made by the Legislature and the Governor in recent years,” Haney said.

“But we could do even more if we enacted liability reform, tax relief, regulation relief,” he said.