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Wisconsin Speedy Lawmaking

Before I cut to a great quote from Michael Silverstein’s must-read post “Wisconsin: A Case Study In The Politics Of How Not To Create Jobs”, let’s review two facts: *Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in the United States in the last 12 months. *Scott Walker promised creation of 250,000 jobs and 10,000 more »

$$ Voting Made Easy: Empowering the 99%

Voting with your dollars

I’m about to buy a lawn mower, but I don’t want my money used to attack Wisconsin workers and families. There are several lists of companies to avoid when making purchasing decisions, such as companies led by people who gave big donations directly to the Walker campaign. Buying local is usually a wise decision, but more »

Wisconsin’s sustained job loss streak is “a little bit inexplicable”. Time for a new Walker TV ad.

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On Thursday a jobs report for Wisconsin will be released. Is Scott Walker a little nervous? Yesterday this article came out from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin missing out on U.S. jobs gains 6-month losing streak raises stakes for upcoming January report “Frankly, it’s a little bit inexplicable to us,” said Mike Klonsinski, chief operating more »

Scott Walker. About those jobs…

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Scott Walker never promised you a rose garden. He promised 250,000 jobs for Wisconsin – the equivalent of full employment. That’s right. Scott Walker promised that my state would achieve zero unemployment by 2014 Regarding that promise, the non-partisan organization Badgerstat announced, “Through December 2011, the state’s job growth is below the pace needed to more »

Scott Walker’s Soup Lines

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The only good result of enduring many, expensive commercials – bought by the wealthy who don’t even live here – is that we know Walker has apparently had practice so that he can help serve our citizens soup on the poverty lines that have already begun for many in the state of Wisconsin. These soup more »

Are You Kidding Me? Another Month of Job Losses?


I have mixed feelings about the ease of my self-assigned task of reporting Wisconsin’s employment data in the worst light possible. Obviously it hurts to see so many Wisconsinites still looking for full-time, decent-paying jobs that just aren’t there, but it’s no surprise that Walker’s economic strategy has resulted in a 6th straight month of more »

Walker Administration Finds New Excuse For Job Losses

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary national employment numbers today for the month of November. Once again, Wisconsin leads the way in job losses – 14,600 jobs lost after adjusting for seasonal factors. From the BLS report: The largest over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-14,600) and Minnesota (-13,700). more »

The Fable of Governor Scott Walker’s Job Creation


This is a nicely done video from the citizen journalists at WI Voices which counters Walker’s disinformation campaign on jobs. As so many of us remember, he was elected with the promise tall tale that he’d deliver 250,000 jobs. Assuming we got those 250,000 jobs, we’d be at 0% unemployment, making that both a tall more »

Walker, Fitzgerald Attempt Smokescreens While Recall Succeeds and Job Creation Fails

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Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Governor Scott Walker each yelled “squirrel” today, attempting to distract the hounds that are getting close to recalling Walker. Fitzgerald spewed some nonsense about restructuring the non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB), the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin. He also introduced a bill to make signing a recall petition more more »

Translating WEDC Into Cynic

Free Cash by FatMandy on Flickr

The CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), or as I like to refer to it, The Scott Walker Campaign Donation Reimbursement Center and Corporate Welfare Department, posted a column today explaining his desire to hand out taxpayer money to unproven start-up companies that are so ill-conceived they can’t get money from private sector more »

Spectrum Brands Receives 4 Million Taxpayer Dollars for…What?

Free Cash by FatMandy on Flickr

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is a quasi-public corporation that was created by Governor Scott Walker to replace the state’s Department of Commerce. Their main function is to funnel public money to private corporations, allegedly to help create jobs. Governor Walker and WEDC (wee-dik) announced yesterday that Spectrum Brands, headquartered in Madison, will receive more »

Wisconsin Leads Nation in Total Jobs Lost in October


I reported last week that the state of Wisconsin lost 9,700 jobs in the month of October, based on figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The Secretary of the DWD placed the blame for the losses on challenges in the national and global economies. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) more »

Governor Walker, Wausau Mayor Arrange $2.7 Million in Corporate Welfare to Buy 200 Jobs


Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker were on hand in Wausau Monday morning as the CEO of Collaborative Consulting, Bill Robichaud, announced plans for his company to locate 200 new jobs in Wausau over the next two years. Collaborative Consulting is based in Massachusetts and their CEO made the announcement after conducting more »

Wisconsin Lost 9,300 More Private Sector Jobs in October

Sorry Walker Voter

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released preliminary employment numbers today for October, 2011. Though the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by one tenth of a percent compared to September, Wisconsin lost 9,300 private sector jobs in October, and 9,700 jobs overall. For those keeping score at home, that is the fourth straight month of more »

Is Being Called “Madison of the North” a Bad Thing?


Appleton Alderman Jim Clemons asked the Common Council to revisit same sex domestic partner benefits for nonunion city employees. This measure was defeated last night, but will probably be brought up again on November 9th when the council meets to adopt the 2012 budget. Here’s a list of both public and private employers that offer more »

Another Dept. of Workforce Development Secretary Abandons Ship


The latest high-level political appointee to ditch unpopular Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is Scott Baumbach, who resigned today from his position as head of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Baumbach’s replacement will be Reggie Newson, most recently the DWD’s deputy secretary and a former employee in the Department of Transportation during Democratic Governor Jim more »

Wisconsin Continues To Shed Jobs Under Walker

Seriously? Walker tried to dine 1 block from the Capitol?

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released preliminary September employment statistics yesterday. The DWD is probably running out of lipstick to apply to their pig-ugly numbers, which have grown worse every month since Scott Walker was sworn in as governor. This month they were able to root through the slop, however, and find that more »