This week marks the second anniversary since Walker “dropped the bomb” with a bill drawn from the ALEC playbook that eliminated collective bargaining for public workers, sparking a historic uprising. He told the public it was needed so the economy could grow. He told a billionaire campaign contributor that it was part of a strategy to “divide and conquer” and make Wisconsin a Red state.
So how is Wisconsin doing?
Wisconsin’s economy is in a dead stall. The state ranks 42 in new job creation. Across the nation, and even in the Midwest, the last two years have produced steady job growth. But not here in Wisconsin where the state has posted a loss of 15,900 jobs over the past 24 months.
Walker has 212,489 jobs left to deliver according to the ongoing count by theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel. He would have to create 240,000 to return us to the 4.5% unemployment rate before the recession, according to the Center on Wisconsin Strategy.
So what is Walker proposing now?
In one of the most cynical moves yet, Walker is proposing to force some Wisconsinites on food stamps to look for work or starve. Yes, that is right, look for those 212,489 missing jobs or lose your food support.
He also wants to spend $5 million to develop a new system for tracking unemployment numbers. (Can you say cook the books?)
At CMD/PRWatch we chronicled of the Wisconsin Uprising with a live blog. We continue to track Walker’s every move, from the on-going “John Doe” criminal investigation into his former staff, to his team’s latest efforts to rig the vote.
We couldn’t do it without your support.
P.S. If you are in Madison, join the teachers at the Capitol, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. and don’t forget Sly is back on the air at 93.7 WEKZ-FM 3-6:30 p.m. each day.
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