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Another Embarrassing Headline As Wisconsin Leads Nation In Job Losses

April 24, 2012

Headlines like the one that popped up on various news sites on Tuesday about job losses are a reminder that something is amiss in Wisconsin.  There is no way this state should be the place pointed to that somehow can not compete or make a positive showing when it comes to job creation.

And yet that is exactly what has taken place.

Wisconsin is the only state that had “statistically significant” job losses over the most recent 12-month period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

From March 2011 to March 2012, Wisconsin lost 23,900 jobs. That was the largest decrease in percentage terms in the country.

Those job losses came from both the public and private sector, but the public sector job losses (17,800) were larger than the private-sector job losses (6,100).

We all have relatives and friends that live across the nation, and if you are like me, you feel slightly embarrassed when Wisconsin does not live up to our ideals.  Over the past 15 months there have been too many headlines that make me aware over and over that we are very far from the path we all deserve to be on.

Many can point fingers in this or that direction and claim to know exactly why the negative news is being made.  But that is a far cry from taking steps to remedy the problem.

What is needed in this state is a political climate that allows for compromise aimed at taking steps that moves our people forward, as opposed to partisan power plays that are designed to increase a person’s name ID, or a political party’s chances in the next election.

There is no reason that our state politicians did not find the resolve to have both a venture capital bill, and the mining issue land on Governor Walker’s desk.  If there had been better relations from the East Wing, and less partisan sniping from the two parties this state could have had two very important issues resolved.  Two issues that would have made a positive difference for the state’s economy in the years to come.  Issues that would in time impact job creation.

There is a serious shortage of good will when it comes to our state politics, and one result of that is the absence of meaningful and strong bipartisan legislation aimed at job creation.  From the lack of unity in the statehouse on how to deliver economic policies that works for the citizenry comes headlines.

Embarrassing ones!

It is time to turn this state around and make sure that the people are again heard under the dome, and that their needs are met.  It is time the politicians we elect and pay for start acting like adults.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2012 9:26 PM

    Bob Jauch (D) and Dale Schultz (R) were the center blocks that Walker could have used, had he the power and the lack of baggage from his over-reaches, to have carried this item to his desk for a signature.

  2. Patrick permalink
    April 26, 2012 7:40 PM

    Deke: God himself could not have lead the democrats to vote for a mine which might have been seen as a victory for Walker. BTW: the two biggest mining equiptment companies in the world are located in Milwaukee and both asked Barrett to speak up on the matter and both noted his silence on the issue. This is just a matter or politics. Democratic obstruction because they want the jobs numbers to remain–as they see it–poor.

  3. April 25, 2012 11:12 PM

    Solly,

    You should see the comments of Skip’s that get left on the cutting room floor……

  4. Solly permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:00 PM

    BTW, another embarassing comment by Skip. I was going to dissect the illogic, but if people read it, they’ll see it. BTW II, is Skip’s IP address on 2nd floor East in the Capitol?

  5. skip1930 permalink
    April 25, 2012 8:12 PM

    BTW, I think 15,000 jobs have been created since Walker was elected, and unemployment is now down to about 6.8%. (Despite Milwaukee’s horrible unemployment rate.) By contrast, I think Illinois’ unemployment rate is above 9% under Gov. Quinn. And of course we know Obama’s national unemployment rate, though underestimated, is officially around 9%.

    skip.

  6. April 25, 2012 7:38 PM

    Patrick,

    The first thing to do is change the tone in Madison. The East Wing needs to start the dialouge and the rapprochement with the entire leadership of the legislature. There is NO reason that venture cap failed other than a failure of leadership–same for mining. There was enough wiggle room for deals but when there is no goodwill there is no real desire for compromise. Much of the problem at this time is not the nuts and bolts of this issue or that one, but the blending of the opposite sides that needs to be done, and can be done with strong leadership from the East Wing.

  7. Patrick permalink
    April 25, 2012 6:05 PM

    Lets assume that Walker lost the election. What would any Democrat do to increase jobs? Reinstate combined reporting? I’m sure that would lure in large companies. Could we repeal the minimal tax breaks for business Walker and the legislature have made? Again, that would likely bring in floods of jobs, right? Perhaps we could prohibit other industries the left doesn’t like and get rid of those mining equiptment companies in Milwaukee. Winner! Most importantly we could raise taxes on the rich and property taxes on everyone else. I’m sure Apple would begin relocation almost immediately. Perhaps the DNR gould identify some rare snail or perhaps an ameoba and we could severely restrict land usage. Why not mandate a windmill in every backyard and a choo-choo for every corner.

    Consider the excellent job creation rate Barrett has in milwaukee over the past eight years. If you look hard enough, you might find one.

  8. Solly permalink
    April 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    Don got the talking points from the Wanker campaign. Don’t use the standard he hisself set for success, namely 250,000 new jobs in four years. Use a different measure. Now Wanker is 24,000 jobs in the whole and wants the sheeple to look at a different statistic. How I explain the unemployment rate is that Wis. is historically below the national rate, so it’s not surprising.

  9. windy33 permalink
    April 25, 2012 9:59 AM

    walker lovers will try to spin this in another direction to favor walker. BUT THE FACTS ARE FACTS RATHER THEY LIKE THEM OR NOT

  10. donlafferty permalink
    April 25, 2012 8:54 AM

    Wisconsin has an unemployment rate statistically lower than the U.S. How do you explain that?

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