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Local business owner says Walker is good for Wisconsin companies



One La Crosse area business owner says doing business in Wisconsin has become much better under Gov. Scott Walker and President Donald Trump.

Pat Remis, the owner of Remis Power Systems, hosted Walker on Monday at his Brice Prairie headquarters.

Scott Walker with Pat Remis

Remis says lower taxes under Republicans have helped give businesses a better attitude.

Remis started the battery supply company in 1980, when Democrat Jimmy Carter was president, and recalled that double-digit interest rates prevented him from making much of a profit at first.

“Actually, in the last two years, it’s been about 20 percent each year,” Remis said. “So, it’s been about 40 percent better in the last two, three years.”

Remis says trickle-down economics are real and work for his business, which sells large industrial batteries for forklifts. When large companies expand, they then buy from his business.

“Menards is one of my largest companies,” Remis said. “They’re putting up 12 stores. They put up at last 12 last year and another 12 this year.

“We supply the batteries and the chargers for their forklifts.

“Other companies like Kohler company on the other side of the state, they’re expanding,” Remis added. “It’s a trickle-down economy. As they grow, we grow, as suppliers.”

Remis also encouraged young people to get vocational training for industrial jobs, something Walker has promoted heavily.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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