Earlier this evening, Governor Tony Evers delivered his second State of the State Address before a joint session of the Legislature.

Gov. Tony Evers

Gov. Evers used the platform to review his first year in office, renew his call for bipartisanship and to lay out his plan to address student debt, provide a boost to the state’s agriculture industry and help advance rural economic development.

In his remarks, he promised to call the Legislature into special session next week to consider a package of legislation aimed at helping Wisconsin’s struggling dairy farmers.

As part of what he called his three-prong plan to address the challenges faced by the agriculture community and rural Wisconsin, Evers also announced he would work with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to establish the Office of Rural Prosperity to “provide a one-stop shop for folks to navigate state programs and resources tailored to rural communities, businesses and workers.”

In addition, he said he would make good on his campaign promise to create a Blue Ribbon Commission on Rural Prosperity to “help promote agriculture and rural economic prosperity.”

CLICK HERE to read the full text of Evers State of the State speech.