Walker Not ‘Bringing On’ Jobs

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.

Scott Walker’s Report Card Shows Failing Grade

Gov. Scott Walker is known for setting records, just not the kind his parents could be proud of.

Between 2011 and 2013, the Wisconsin governor cut public school funding by more per student than any other governor in the nation. His cuts totaled $1.6 billion during two years, reducing the revenue limit per student by 5.5 percent, the first time revenue caps were ever decreased.

With these massive cuts, 25 percent of Wisconsin’s schools reported increasing their kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade class sizes, while 33 percent of schools increased class sizes for children in fourth through sixth grades.

But it doesn’t end there.  Twenty-six percent of school districts cut special education staff, 27 percent of districts cut library and media center staff and 16 percent cut drug and alcohol abuse staff.

We already reported that despite Walker’s promise to create 250,000 new jobs, Wisconsin is dead-last in job creation in the Midwest. Now his disturbing cuts in education. And somehow he managed to find money for a tax deduction of up to $10,000 that benefits millionaires who send their kids to elite private schools.

Watch this video to learn more.

RVP on WORT

Over the last 18 months, We Are Wisconsin has been hard at work, on the ground and in the field. We’ve been building coalitions, training leaders and helping them create positive, progressive action in their communities. Over the last 6 weeks, we’ve been hiring staff and sending them to places all over the state, to continue this hard work.

Today our Field Director, Jonathan Levine, was on WORT Radio’s 8 O’Clock Buzz in Madison to talk about our work, and our RVP 2.0 Program.   RVP is one of the most effective and dynamic field outreach programs there is, and it’s exciting to see it develop and pick up steam.  If you’re unfamiliar, check out our RVP tab for more details and to sign up for a training.

You can find the show here, and you can stream it live or download it and listen to it at your own convince. The whole hour is great, but if you don’t have that time, the interview starts at about 12 minutes in.

 

Thanks, and you can expect more regular updates here going forward.