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City of Stevens Point News

Posted on: February 2, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Statement from Mayor Andrew Halverson regarding Skyward

It is tremendously shortsighted of the State to think that spending $15,000,000 of our tax dollars on an outside company is good. This will not mean Wisconsin jobs, and it will not contribute to the economic vitality that we are trying so hard to create.

The Department of Public Instruction is focused on a single vendor solution for Student Information when States across the Country are turning back, knowing this is not a sound policy decision.

This is a slap in the face to Wisconsin businesses in all sectors, and I hope that we all rise up to stand for Wisconsin businesses first and foremost over anything else; as our own State needs that message loud and clear from the electorate.

What a message this must be to Jim King who founded Skyward in his garage, and who built the company up to a presence in over 80% of all Wisconsin school districts. The Kings have always stood for Wisconsin and now Wisconsin is clearly not standing with them.

Wisconsin to entrepreneurs: "work hard, create jobs, and after thirty years, we'll say in essence you can't do business in your home State".

This is a sad day for Wisconsin businesses.

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