BREAKING: WI Drops to 38th in Job Growth – What Happened to Scott Walker’s “Wisconsin Comeback?”

From: http://wisdems.org/news/press/view/2015-03-breaking-wi-drops-to-38th-in-job-growth–what-happen

As Scott Walker campaigns for president in South Carolina today, news is breaking that Wisconsin has dropped to 38th in the nation in private sector job growth.

That’s according to the latest and most accurate quarterly federal jobs numbers, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (“QCEW”), which Scott Walker has referred to as the “gold standard” when it comes to tallying job creation. Over the most recent one year period, Wisconsin added just 27,491 private sector jobs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, “Wisconsin continued to trail the national rate of job creation, as it has since July 2011. The United States created private-sector jobs at a rate of 2.3% in the latest 12-month period, twice Wisconsin’s 1.16% rate, the data show.”

Reports of Wisconsin’s dismal job growth under Scott Walker are just the latest in a string of bad news this week for the governor and presidential candidate; jobs numbers released yesterday show that Walker added just fewer than 55% of the 250,000 jobs he promised in his first term, his flagship jobs agency WEDC is the subject of another bad internal audit that shows the scandal-plagued agency again failed to follow the law and properly track taxpayer funded loans, and his “Our American Revival” presidential campaign committed an unforced error by hiring a digital strategist who criticized early caucus state Iowa and then summarily parting ways with the staffer amid a backlash from Iowa conservatives.

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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.

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