Resting on the shoulders of giants

BuzzFeed reported late Thursday that Burke’s plan, called “Invest for Success,” includes nearly verbatim passages from the economic development plans put forward by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, Ward Cammack of Tennessee in 2009 and John Gregg of Indiana in 2012. Cammack withdrew from his race, and Gregg was defeated.

Via Burke jobs plan copied portions of proposals from other Democrats @ JS No Quarter Blog

Hungry even in fatter times

….as Shawn Johnson reported:

“The structural deficit was larger when Walker took office and larger yet in 2003. Those shortfalls were driven by recessions, however, whereas this deficit has taken shape at a time when the economy was growing.”

Via Walker’s Problem: Deficit is Growing while the economy is growing!!! @ Democurmudgeon.


Pulitzer-winning Washington Post reporter Amy Goldstein’s JANESVILLE: An American Story, following three families as the GM plant that has sustained their town and their middle class lives closes and they suddenly must reinvent themselves while facing near-impossible choices and a fracturing community, to Priscilla Painton at Simon & Schuster, in a pre-empt, by Susan Rabiner and Sydelle Kramer of Susan Rabiner Literary Agency.

Via Book on Janesville @ FREE WHITEWATER

6th of 7

What Walker’s leaving out is the 2 ½ years before July 2013, which were awful. Even if you use the inflated monthly numbers, Wisconsin is 6th out of 7 in the Midwest for private sector jobs gained since Walker took office in January 2011 (both in percentage and in total increased jobs). And the updated Walker jobs gap shows we’re more than 67,000 behind what we’d have if we just kept up with the rest of the nation


Via Walker tries to pick more jobs cherries @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse

Act 10 as a growth killer

Today’s release of the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ survey of personal consumption expenditures by state would generally be a mundane bit of data. But not this time, because this report offers strong proof that Act 10’s reduction of take-home pay had a negative impact on Wisconsin’s economy, by having the reductions in take-home pay for hundreds of thousands of public employees lead to fewer items being bought.

Via New data proves Act 10 hurt Wisconsin’s economy @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse

The WEDC’s anti-entrepreneurial bent

Instead of “growing our own”, the Walker Administration has encouraged a policy of giving tax breaks and WEDC handouts to established corporations and campaign contributors over encouraging small-business start-ups and increasing the talent base in the state.

The result is jobs being added only as a last resort, and very little being done in terms of increased firms and competition (in fact, competition seems to be discouraged by this WMC-supported crew). No wonder the Kaufmann Family Foundation ranked Wisconsin 45th in the nation in 2013 for entrepreneurship.

Via Stagnant jobs in Wisconsin could be due to bad strategy @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse

Better off without any of it

Let me see if I have this straight. Back in 2010, economic forecasters expected Wisconsin to create on average, 240,000 jobs over the next four years, while CEO’s from that same period said Wisconsin was on the wrong track?

We now know Walker’s wrong-headed reforms had a tremendous adverse effect on the state’s jobs picture – in real time, failure is imminent. It’s really not a projection anymore.

Via If Only Scott Walker Had Done Nothing @ Rock Netroots.

Gov. Walker’s ingratitude

Mary Burke, the probable Democratic challenger to Scott Walker this fall, is a millionaire, one who has been quite generous with her money over the years, especially in giving to nonprofits and programs that specialize in helping disadvantaged kids.

And the company that was founded by her father Richard, Trek Bicycle, is an example of true entrepreneurship — starting from scratch and ending up employing 1,000 Wisconsinites to build bicycles that are considered some of the finest in the world.

It’s the sort of entrepreneurship that Walker, going back to his 2010 campaign for governor, told us he would encourage with “smart” tax breaks and targeted financial help to grow 250,000 Wisconsin jobs in his first term in office. Wisconsin’s open for business, he chirped


Via Scott Walker should be thankful for Trek @ CT Plain Talk Blog.

Everything the WISGOP has hasn’t been enough

Given that we’re within 6 months of the end Gov. Walker’s first term in office, I couldn’t help but wonder how a Republican governor whose party controls the State Assembly, the State Senate, and the State Supreme Court failed to deliver on a promise to create 250,000 jobs – and by a wide margin.

Via How did Scott Walker fail to meet his job creation promise with Republican control of all facets of WI government? @ Blogging Blue.