Scott Walker Kicks Off Second Term, Presidential Campaign With $751 Million Tax Hike

From: http://wisdems.org/news/press/view/2014-11-scott-walker-kicks-off-second-term-presidential-camp

After months of dodging questions about his second term agenda, and whether he would even commit to serve a full four years, Scott Walker’s administration is revealing the first major action in his second term agenda — a $751 million tax increase.

In a budget proposal released this afternoon, Walker’s Department of Transportation is proposing a $751 million tax and fee increase that will impact drivers in the state. The proposal includes a gas tax increase that will average about $27 per year, per driver, a new vehicle fee increase of about $800 for the average new car, imposes higher fees for electric and hybrid cars, and a higher tax on diesel fuel. ...Full Article

That’s What He Said…”We Don’t Have a Jobs Problem”

sad-Scott-WalkerLast Friday’s gubernatorial debate was marked not just by the questions Scott Walker wouldn’t answer, like whether or not he believes in a minimum wage, but for his blatant distortions of his record on everything from jobs to women’s healthcare — to include the baffling statement that “We don’t have a jobs problem.”

Walker went on to say that Wisconsin has a “work problem.”

Scott Walker ran for office in 2010 on a central campaign promise to create 250,000 new private sector jobs in his first term in office. With less than three months to go, that’s officially a “promise broken,” as Walker has created fewer than half the jobs he promised and Wisconsin is ranked dead last — 10th out of 10 states — in the Midwest in private sector job growth.

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Scott Walker Running From His Record On Jobs

With just four weeks until Election Day, Scott Walker is still in the toughest fight of his political career. The race for governor is a dead heat and the governor is facing the real possibility of losing in November.

Walker is in trouble, and he knows it.

That makes the Republican Party nervous, evidenced by the absence of bold ideas to turn Wisconsin around and their constant attacks on Mary Burke.

Scott Walker and Republicans are desperate to talk about anything other than the number one issue on the minds of voters: jobs.

In 2010, Scott Walker made it a point to repeat his 250,000 jobs promise early and often.

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Child Pornographer Facing 125 Years In Prison Gets No Jail Time In Deal With Brad Schimel

A juvenile counselor accused of having 200 child pornography photos on his computer, facing a maximum sentence of 125 years in prison, got off with no jail time at all, didn’t have to register as a sex offender, and was allowed to continue to work around minors.

That 2014 deal by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel earned a place today on the “Brad Schimel Wall of Shame,” the Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced.  Details are on the website,  featuring Schimel’s worst decisions and cases: schimelswallofshame.tumblr.com

“Schimel will try to squirm out of responsibility and blame someone else, but he bears the responsibility,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said on Monday. “Schimel caved in and didn’t even try to get the court to consider the evidence.

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Statement of WisDems Chair Mike Tate on Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on the news that the United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the state of Wisconsin, and four other states, who sought to preserve their bans on marriage equality.

“Today we call on Governor Walker to not just say he won’t stand in the way of equality, but to take action to reassure all Wisconsin families that he won’t oppose their constitutional right to equality.

“Scott Walker must state clearly and unequivocally that he will do everything in his power to enforce the law of the land and ensure that every Wisconsinite is free to marry the person they love – and he must back those words up with strong actions.

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Scott Walker’s Fiscal Mess

Yesterday, Wisconsin received more evidence of Scott Walker’s fiscally irresponsible approach to governing with the announcement of a projected deficit of $396 million in the current budget and a staggering $1.76 billion projected structural deficit heading into the next budget.

The projected deficit announced Monday afternoon is nearly three times the size of the structural deficit projected by the Fiscal Bureau in May of this year. The latest news comes just two weeks after the Department of Revenue announced a nearly $300 million revenue shortfall.

Republican Senator Mike Ellis commented on the deficit saying, “A number of us were concerned, but they did it anyway,” Republican Senator Rob Cowles took a more critical tone, saying, “Until you’ve gone through one of these things, you really don’t understand how bad it can get. ...Full Article

“Certainly An Appearance of Corruption”

Not one, but two, Scott Walker pay-to-play schemes came into focus this weekend, as previously unreleased documents revealed that Walker benefited from $700,000 in campaign cash from out-of-state mining special interests — “certainly an appearance of corruption,” according to a nonpartisan special investigator. News reports also revealed that a company owned by Walker donors was set to receive a $6 million award from Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation.

Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation: Mission Failed

According to the latest and most reliable federal jobs data, Wisconsin is dead last — 10th out of 10 states — in the Midwest in job creation. Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation, his flagship jobs agency that would help create the 250,000 jobs he promised, has failed to achieve its primary economic development goals.

In 2011, WEDC set a goal to create or retain 50,000 jobs in Fiscal Year 2012 in order to set a pace that would meet Scott Walker’s central campaign promise to create 250,000 new jobs by the end of his first term.

WEDC fell short of its own goal for Fiscal Year 2012 by more than 50 percent. ...Full Article

Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation: Does Anyone Even Want to Work There?

Scott Walker’s Economic Disaster Corporation hasn’t created enough jobs to keep Wisconsin from dropping to dead last – 10th out of 10 states – in the Midwest on job growth, but they do have plenty of experience in hiring WEDC staff as turnover and turmoil have plagued the agency since its flawed inception.

In just three years, WEDC has been through as many CEOs, raising questions about why Wisconsin can’t find a serious and experienced economic development expert to lead our recovery.
It only took 24 hours for the second CEO at WEDC to abandon the sinking ship. And following a lengthy and expensive taxpayer-funded nationwide search for a third new leader, Walker gave the job to a political ally who previously served on the board at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and who donated to Walker’s campaigns in 2010 and 2012.Without question, the never-ending turmoil at the agency responsible for economic development has contributed to Wisconsin’s less-than-robust economic recovery and Scott Walker’s failure to reach his central campaign promise of 250,000 new jobs. ...Full Article

Flashback Friday – Walker Promises 5.5% unemployment rate by Labor Day

On July 10, 2014, in his ongoing attempt to distract from his dismal failure to live up to his promise to create 250,000 jobs, Scott Walker made a new promise that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate would hit 5.5% by this Labor Day.

A month later, it looks like its going to be another broken promise from Scott Walker.

New figures released from Walker’s own administration today show the unemployment rate is once again headed in the wrong direction – UP.  Unemployment jumped to 5.8%, meaning thousands of more Wisconsinites are unemployed and looking for work.

How did Walker’s respond?

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