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

RESCHEDULED: An Event in Support of Mark Harris – September 13th, 3-5pm

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You are cordially invited to An Event in Support of Mark Harris for U.S. Congress at the home of Jim Carlson – 527 Polk Court, Sheboygan, WI. Saturday, September 13th from 3-5pm.

To RSVP please call either Anita Klein at (920) 980-3963 or Doug Cohn at (617) 595-7160.

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July

Brand new ad from Mary Burke slams Scott Walker for his total, utter failure on job creation.

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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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Statement of WisDems Chair Mike Tate on Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District Race

“Tom Petri’s retirement confirmed that there’s no room for moderates in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin or Paul Ryan’s Congress, as further evidenced by Republicans choosing Glenn Grothman as their nominee tonight.
“Wisconsin already sent one right-wing laughingstock to Washington D.C. in Ron Johnson, we don’t need another who will embarrass our state with plans to criminalize single-motherhood and who literally said he would like to turn back the clock to the 1950s.

“The people of Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional district deserve better than a representative in Congress who makes Michele Bachman and Todd Akin look like reasonable moderates.

“That’s why in November they will get a fresh start by electing a dedicated public servant in Mark Harris who knows how to balance a budget and rise above partisan political fights without sacrificing our shared Wisconsin values.” 

Scott Walker’s Pay to Play Politics: Bends, Breaks, and Changes The Rules For Mining Special Interests

From: http://wisdems.org/news/press/view/2014-08-wisdems-scott-walkers-pay-to-play-politics-bends-bre

In nearly four short years, Scott Walker has turned Wisconsin’s political culture on its ear. Division, cronyism, and political retribution have become the norm as Scott Walker has routinely crossed lines to fuel his own personal political ambitions and please his campaign benefactors.

Keeping with our recurring series highlighting some of the worst pay-to-play scandals under Scott Walker, we take a look at the controversial Gogebic Taconite mine proposed in Hurley, WI.

In 2011, Florida-based iron ore mining company Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) bought mineral rights to 21,000 acres of land along 22 miles of the Penokee Range in Ashland and Iron counties.

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Scott Walker’s Pay-to-Play Culture: Remembering the United Sportsmen Scandal

On the heels of Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke launching Sportsmen for Burke, Wisconsin Democrats are launching a new recurring feature that will highlight some of the worst pay-to-play scandals under Scott Walker.

Kicking off the new series is a recap of the United Sportsmen scandal, which involved a controversial $500,000 grant that the Journal Sentinel editorial staff criticized as “politically-tainted” and said smelled “to high heaven.”

The scandal went like this: a group calling itself United Sportsmen of Wisconsin was the lone applicant and ultimate recipient of a $500,000 grant inserted by then-Rep. Scott Suder into the state budget for the purpose of promoting hunting, fishing and trapping in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Misses Out on Jobs, Economic Benefits Because of Scott Walker’s Hostility to Wind Energy

As Wisconsin ranks dead last in the Midwest in private sector job creation, and just 35th in the nation since Scott Walker took office, Scott Walker and his Republican legislature have repeatedly shut down opportunities for Wisconsin to invest in the technologies of the future and reap the resulting environmental and economic benefits.

Walker’s open hostility to clean energy is surely part of the reason Wisconsin has gone from a leader to a laggard in the Midwest, and continues to trail the national economic recovery. Before even taking office, Walker famously shut down high speed rail, sending thousands of good-paying jobs and millions in federal funds to other states.
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As Ron Johnson Plays Politics With Public Safety, Ron Kind Leads on Emergency Services Preparedness

In the wake of a serious train accident and fuel spill in southeastern Wisconsin, Rep. Ron Kind yesterday introduced legislation to address rail safety — even as Ron Johnson tried to kill the legislation with a controversial amendment on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Kind’s Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act today would help local first responders in the event of a train derailment or fuel spill by establishing a national advisory panel that would bring together agencies, technical experts, emergency responders and the private sector to review training, resources, best practices, and unmet needs related to emergency responders to railroad incidents.

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