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UPDATE: President Obama stops in Waukesha

UPDATED Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 6:18 p.m.

President Obama says he stopped at GE in Waukesha today because they're doing things right and the rest of the nation needs to pay attention.

After touching down in the badger state, the President was thrown right into our Wisconsin ways.

"Especially when it's cold!"

Governor Walker met Air Force One at Mitchell Airport today, he told the Commander in Chief, he's lucky he's a few days past the arctic blast. After arriving at GE in Waukesha, and making some Bears/Packers jokes, he President addressed his 4 part plan for creating jobs.

"Jobs in American manufacturing, American exports, American energy, and innovation. By the way, this plant represents all of those things."

He says GE is doing it right, seizing the energy boom, and training workers through high school, and learn while you earn apprenticeships. He says getting folks to realize that these jobs are good ones to have, is key.

"A lot of young people no longer see the trades and manufacturing as a viable career but I promise you folks can make a lot more money potentially in the trades or skills then they maybe can with an art history degree."

Painting a picture of an America with more skilled workers and fewer manufacturing jobs left vacant.

"You can make a really good living without getting a 4 year degree."

But if you want that degree Obama says you should be able to get it, the third part of his plan says every child should have access to a world class education. Finally, he says if you work hard, it should pay off

"Nobody who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty."

The President detailed his efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hr. hopefully making sure everyone has a change to succeed.

"That's why I believe this could be a breakthrough year for America."

Before leaving President Obama signed an executive order to promote job training throughout the nation.
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UPDATED Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 2:40 p.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- Two years ago, Reggie Troop of Milwaukee had no job and a pregnant wife. Now he has a good-paying job -- one that earned a shout out from President Barack Obama during a stop in southeastern Wisconsin.

The 26-year-old Troop is a machine operator at a General Electric plant in Waukesha. He got his job through an accelerated job-training program, the sort of program Obama promoted during a speech Thursday in Waukesha.

As Troop introduced Obama, he said he felt as though he'd won the Super Bowl of life. He says meeting the president was "remarkable," and he's grateful for the training program that enabled him to get a job that supports his family of four.

He says the program condensed about seven months of training into three months.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 11:50 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is promoting his ideas for economic growth in a speech to workers at a General Electric plant in Waukesha.

Focusing on themes from his State of the Union address earlier this week, Obama talked about training workers for in-demand jobs, something for which he said the GE plant has had success with its regional training program.

Obama earlier toured the gas engines plant, took off his suit coat and put on safety glasses as he was briefed by two GE workers on an engine part.

The visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in two years. A poll released this week said his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent, down from 49 percent in October.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 10:06 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has arrived in southeastern Wisconsin, where he's expected to talk about jobs and the minimum wage.

Air Force One touched down at Mitchell International Airport about 10 a.m. Thursday.

The president will visit a General Electric plant in Waukesha that makes gas engines. It's part of a four-stop tour he's making to expand on themes from his State of the Union address.

The visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in two years. A poll released Monday says his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent, down from 49 percent in October.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet the Democratic president in Milwaukee to discuss the state's propane shortage. But Walker says he won't visit the GE plant because he has business in Madison.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, January 30, 2014 --- 5:50 a.m.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama will be in southeastern Wisconsin, where he's expected to talk about jobs and the minimum wage.

The president is scheduled to visit a General Electric plant in Waukesha that makes gas engines. It's part of a four-stop tour he's making to expand on themes from his State of the Union address.

Thursday's visit comes as Obama's approval rating in Wisconsin has sunk to its lowest level in two years. A poll released Monday says his approval rating among Wisconsin voters is 44 percent, down from 49 percent in October.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet the Democratic president in Milwaukee to discuss the state's propane shortage. But Walker says he won't visit the GE plant because he has business in Madison.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, January 29, 2014 --- 2:43 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee-area engines plant that President Barack Obama will visit Thursday has been growing rapidly, in part because of an oil boom in North Dakota.

General Electric's plant in the suburb of Waukesha makes gas engines used in the oil and natural gas industries.

Spokesman Shaun Wiggins says it hired 64 new employees last year -- 36 of them hourly workers. Manufacturing jobs at the plant have grown 45 percent since 2010.

Obama is expected to talk about ways to improve job opportunities during his visit to the plant. The trip follows a State of the Union address in which the president promised a review of federal job-training programs and vowed to work with top U.S. companies to help the long-term unemployed.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, January 27, 2014 -- 4:34 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama plans to spend the night in Milwaukee on Wednesday and then tour General Electric's gas engine facility in Waukesha on Thursday.

The visit is part of a four-state tour the president is making following his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

The White House released details of his Wisconsin stop on Monday. His comments at the GE plant are to focus on the economy but are closed to the public.

Obama also plans stops in Maryland and the Pittsburgh area Wednesday and the Nashville area Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 --- 12:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A steel plant and a Costco store are among the places President Barack Obama plans to visit on a four-state tour after the State of the Union address.

The president addresses a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, and then takes off Wednesday morning for a two-day tour to promote his proposals.

First stop is Lanham, Md., just outside the Capital Beltway, where Obama plans to speak about the economy. The White House announced Monday that Obama then plans to fly to the Pittsburgh area to deliver a speech at U.S. Steel's plant in West Mifflin.

The president also plans to visit Wisconsin and Tennessee, although details of those stops have not yet been announced.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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