Stole over a million.
HAND-CURATED POSTS FROM THE WISCONSIN BLOGOSPHERE (AND SOMETIMES POINTS BEYOND)
Stole over a million.
In fact, the entirety of Walker’s tenure — the supposed “Wisconsin Comeback” — is a slower pace than the Doyle year of recovery. In Gov. Jim Doyle’s last year in office, Wisconsin grew jobs at a rate of about 2,805 jobs per month. In the 45 months since he’s taken office, Wisconsin under Scott Walker’s watch has grown jobs at about 2,595 jobs per month. It might not seem like much, but job growth under Walker is nearly a tenth slower than it was under the first year of recovery under Doyle.
Via @ POLITICAL CAPITAL.
Sunday’s Janesville Gazette headlined an article about how Rock County’s GDP growth is among the best in the nation. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, there was alot that wasn’t highlighted in the article. The most glaring item is the fact that Rock County’s gross domestic product in general was starting at a lower baseline than most U.S. communities since GM closed in late 2008….
Climate may explain the first 4 on that list, but it does not explain why Minnesota and Washington should be gaining thousands of Wisconsinites, which leads back to Lounsbury’s theory about higher quality of life and a stronger economy being reasons for certain states to attract talent from Wisconsin. And it’s also worth mentioning that both states have higher minimum wages than Wisconsin, and were ahead of us in instituting progressive policies such as strong public transit and marriage equality.
Scott Walker gave a specific answer about how to combat inner city crime, which is roiling Milwaukee. (By some accounts, its homicide rate is worse than Chicago’s.) Unfortunately, it was a liberal answer. He spoke about “shot spotters,” which sounds like the solution du jour. Electronic sensors track the location of shots fired because the citizenry isn’t reporting gunfire anymore. Too commonplace, apparently. Damning, isn’t it?
Time after time Burke pounded Walker on the sluggish economy and the lapse in response time that he has taken on matters needed to impact the job creation rate in the state. Responding at one time how Walker came late to an issue, or another response that after four years the governor was only now using a study to find a remedy to a particular need Burke was relentless in showing how Walker failed at solving the number one issue facing voters.
Wisconsin had at least 660 wolves in late winter 2013-’14, down from an estimated high of 834 in 2012 when the first hunting and trapping season was held.
“The Bucks’ new owners, (Marc) Lasry and Wesley Edens, have in fact promised to work ‘in partnership’ with the city,” Powell writes. “They did not make clear if their notion extended to letting the public take a dip in an N.B.A. owner’s many revenue streams.”
The PPP poll found that one-quarter of voters are more likely to support the governor because of his position on the minimum wage, but 44 percent of voters are less likely as a result of it. Thirty percent said it makes no difference.
The polling sample was nearly evenly split among Republicans, Democrats and independents.
CONFIDENCE OF WIN: The probability that Walker will beat Burke is 58.3%.
Despite Happ’s conduct in the matter, Democrats have been reluctant to criticize her. Now the OLR, with startling speed, has given them some cover, despite Happ’s conduct to try to make the case go away.
Making the whole matter even more disturbing, RightWisconsin reports the intake investigator, Cathe Hahn, appears to have signed the Walker recall. A reasonable person might wonder if the victim in the Reynolds case will ever be given justice.
Here is what the Wisconsin governor’s race is not about: It’s not about jobs, the button issue Democratic challenger Mary Burke pushes hardest. It’s about three things:
The Act 10 government employee collective bargaining restrictions, or, the power of public sector unions
State aid for public schools