Walker's Wisconsin Still Not Working

graph of WI unemployment rateThe pace of job growth in Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "still lags." Here's the key paragraph from the story:

According to the Madison-based state Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin gained 24,124 private-sector jobs in the 12 months between March 2012 and March 2013, an increase of 1.1% in the workforce. That's a marked deceleration from the previous report, using comparable data, which showed the state added 32,282 private-sector jobs in the 12 months through December 2012, a 1.4% increase.

According to the article, Wisconsin's pace of job growth -- 1.4% per year -- is significantly below the national pace -- 2.3% for private sector jobs.

The CapTimes calculates that Wisconsin will need to add 8,505 private sector jobs per month in order to fulfill Scott Walker's pledge to create 250,000 new jobs in his first (and with hard work his only) term as governor. He is halfway through his term but only 29% of the way to honoring his promise.

See another Capital Times article, "The Great Recession's impact on Wisconsin," for a succinct visualization of the state of our state's economy.

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Falling Behind and Behinder

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Your Step to a Better Democracy: Defeat Citizen’s United

Here’s something political that you can do this summer that amounts to a pleasant walk around your neighborhood, meeting the great people who live around you to push an important issue. Whitefish Bay and Shorewood will join the Move to Amend movement to reform our election system. As you know, big money has perverted democracy. There has been more than enough evidence. Think about the failure of Congress to pass background checks on firearms, despite support from 90% of the public — including gun owners. Closer to home we have seen the breath-taking transformation of our state from our tradition of fair-mindedness and progressive ideas to one being run by one of the biggest collection of ignorant, mean-spirited people in Wisconsin legislative history.

Here’s how you can help.

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Big Government Overreach in Private, Medical Decision

State Sen. Chris Larson effectively summarizes all that is wrong with the budget bill.  In addition to denying women importan health rights, they are punishing the victims of sexual assault, encouraging unqualified individuals to perform invasive medical procedures, implementing an unfunded mandate on women,  and all while continuing to lag economically.

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The Republican War on Women

Republicans Prioritize Taking Away Women’s Health Care Access Over Jobs

Republicans refuse to exempt rape victims and women who need an abortion to save their lives from SB 206.

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The Result of Citizens United — We are feeling it in Wisconsin

“The American people will pay dearly for this decision when, more than ever, their voices are drowned out by corporate spending in our federal elections.” Russ Feingold on Citizens United. That is what we saw in Madison today.


Get Big Money out of Politics: Citizens United v Democracy
What Can You Do About It? Learn More June 13th

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Walker’s Performance – Less Than Meets the Eye

This Economy Is Getting Us Nowhere – But This Isn’t Stopping the GOP from Gutting Wisconsin’s Traditions

We Need to Stop Them

Last week it came out in the Milwaukee Journal that under the over two years of the Walker administration, only 62,000 new jobs have been created, well short of the 250,000 jobs he promised when he ran for governor.

It’s worse than that. Our friend Chris Liebenthal in his blog pointed out that since Walker’s budget was passed in 2011, only 30,000 Wisconsinites took on new jobs. The other roughly 30,000 happened under Jim Doyle’s budget. This is a keeper. The numbers you need are all there.

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