The Great Recession was devastating to our rural, northern communities like the 12th Senate District here in Wisconsin. Between 2008 and 2010, Wisconsin lost an estimated 150,000 jobs. Getting the residents of northern Wisconsin back to work has been one of my top legislative priorities since coming to the Legislature. I have strongly supported legislative efforts to help existing businesses in Wisconsin expand and hire new employees as well as efforts to bring new industries to our state. More work needs be done, but Wisconsin is moving in the right direction and I am committed to doing what it takes to revive the Badger State’s economy.