Saturday, June 6, 2015

Contrary to Walker's assertions, WI isn't "leading" the nation, especially in jobs

Stats don't support Walker's premise that the state is a "leader" under his watch

The latest reports from the Gov. Scott Walker administration try to paint a rosy picture about jobs in the state.

And a recent editorial by Walker (published in New Hampshire) tries to showcase the state as an example of what he can do for the nation as president.

But are Walker’s policies really making us a leader in jobs?

The stats don’t hold up to the governor's words. For every 1,000 jobs that were already in place before Walker’s first budget was passed in June 2011, Wisconsin has created 44 more jobs.

Contrast that to the states that border us and you can see why some people might not take Walker seriously:

Wisconsin is well behind the national average on that metric: for every 1,000 jobs already in the U.S. in 2011, 69 jobs were created. Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa also beat out the Badger State.

In other key measurements Wisconsin is also slipping behind. The state under Walker’s leadership, for example, has seen its wages go up -- but compared to the rest of the nation, they’re still below what they could be.

From June 2011 to June 2014 wages in Wisconsin went up by $52 per week. In the rest of the nation they’ve gone up by $55 per week.

That’s admittedly close to average, but remember: Wisconsin, according to Scott Walker, is a leader. Being $3 below the national average isn’t, by definition, leading.

Finally, how are we doing when it comes to new business startups? That’s the worst news of all: a new ranking places Wisconsin dead last. Not last in the Midwest -- last place for startups in the entire country.

Scott Walker doesn’t deserve to be president of the United States. It’s a wonder anyone still thinks he deserves to be governor of Wisconsin.

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