Memo to Reporters: State of the Session

Jan 29, 2013

Having abandoned his signature promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term, Scott Walker Republicans have used the opening weeks of their session during which time Wisconsin was ranked 42nd in job growth, to pursue a path sure to ensure more jobs failure.

Walker earlier had promised that every single piece of legislation would be evaluated by the single premise-whether it would create jobs.

“There’s no wonder Scott Walker has failed at making a dent in his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs when his party is off on partisan crusades instead of defending the economic security of Wisconsin’s middle class,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said about the Republican failure.

Highlights of the Scott Walker “Jobless” Session Thus Far:

Power Grab From Secretary of State

This week, Republicans in the Senate passed legislation stripping powers from the Secretary State, who delayed publication of the jobs-killing Act 10.
Jobs created=ZERO

Electoral College Nonsense

Over the past week, Scott Walker floated a trial balloon for legislation that would change the way Wisconsin apportions its votes to the Electoral College.
Jobs created=ZERO

Paying to Hide Computers

After being admonished by a federal appellate panel in an ongoing lawsuit over their illegal redistricting plan, Republicans hired a law firm to represent them. Top Republican leaders have been subpoenaed in the case.
Jobs created=(Information subject to attorney-client privilege)

Bringing Guns Into Schools

In the wake of the Newtown shooting, various Republicans have advocated loosening gun restrictions here. This included legislation to bring concealed weapons into Wisconsin schools.
Jobs created=ZERO

Ultrasounds and “Personhood”

Republicans were being urged to pass so-called “personhood” legislation, as well as require women to see an ultrasound before receiving medical care.
Jobs created=-ZERO

Changing Gallery Rules

Republicans took pains to change the rules regarding the Assembly and Senate galleries.
Jobs created=ZERO