More Bad Economic News For Scott Walker's Wisconsin

Dec 12, 2013

Scott Walker’s policies on economic growth and job creation have done more to benefit his corporate friends and the wealthiest Wisconsinites than working-class families. 

While Walker continues to claim his policies are working and creating job growth in key industries, the reality is that the state’s job growth indicators are anything but positive, and new polling shows that working-class Wisconsinites know it.  

The new Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll conducted by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research in cooperation with WisBusiness.com and Milwaukee Public Radio released yesterday showed pessimistic attitudes regarding the economic direction of the state.

Major findings from the quarterly poll were that only 7% of Wisconsinites were very satisfied with current job growth, while 50% said they were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the current pace of growth. 

In addition, the survey shows that only 35% of Wisconsinites describe the state’s economic performance in positive terms. Among working-age residents, only those from households with a total annual income of $80,000 or more are likely to describe their personal financial situations in positive terms.

Not surprisingly, attitudes reflected in the poll match recent news from the U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics showing that job creation in Wisconsin slowed by 37 percent in the one-year period ending in June. The numbers from the BLS also indicate that Wisconsin added a net total of zero manufacturing jobs – further illustrating Walker’s dismal failure on job creation.  

“Gov. Walker can try to spin his policies all he wants, but hard working Wisconsin families know they’re worse off now than they were before this Governor took office,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said on Friday. “Walker is more concerned with rewarding the wealthy benefactors who pour millions of dollars into his campaign coffers than he is with standing up for working families and pursuing policies that create jobs and opportunity.”