Economists track Wisconsin’s Failure to Recover
MADISON, Wisconsin – Gov. Scott Walker said “bring it on” when Politifact said it would track his promise to add 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first four-year term.
Walker threatened to add his own counter, but we haven’t heard much from him about job creation. The Politifact track is setting the record straight.
As of Sept. 18, economists at Politifact say, Walker is guilty of a “broken promise.” He’s up to 40 percent of his promise, with 102,195 jobs created, but Wisconsin ranks 35th in the nation as far as job growth, and dead last in the Midwest.
From January 2014 to August 2014, Walker’s so-called “reforms” produced a paltry 8,800 new private-sector jobs. That is hardly a comeback, or proof that his radical agenda did anything to grow Wisconsin’s economy.
While just a few months ago Wisconsin found a $1 billion surplus, Walker since somehow found a place big enough to dig a $1.8 billion deficit.
No amount of spin can change dead last and a $1.8 billion deficit into anything more than a giant hole in the ground.