Gov Scott Walker gives leader of jobs agency a 50 percent pay raise after Wisconsin sank to 49th in job growth

Wisconsin has plummeted to 49th in job growth under Scott Walker’s (R-Koch) Governorship, so what does Walker do? The Republican Governor gave Reed Hall a 50 percent raise hike. Hall is the CEO of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a taxpayer funded entity. Scott Walker has touted  himself as a job creator, so by that he must have meant affording enthusiastic raises to corporate entities that aren’t creating jobs as they are supposed to do, under the title he granted them.







I don’t speak GOP but I’m catching on.

From our friends at Blogging Blue:

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. CEO Reed Hall said he did not seek a 50 percent pay raise, but said he views it as a reasonable amount for when the agency recruits for his ultimate replacement.
Hall, who was 64 when Gov. Scott Walker named him WEDC CEO and secretary in January, has no immediate plans to retire. Hall was responding to a reporter’s question at the Milwaukee Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon Wednesday in downtown Milwaukee.

Hall was set to make $120,000 when he took the full-time position in January and in February received a $65,000 raise, according to the Wisconsin Reporter.

Walker made the decision to increase the CEO’s salary, Hall said, and the WEDC board’s compensation committee approved the increase.

Yeah, if anyone associated with Scott Walker’s administration deserved a raise, it’s surely Reed Hall. After all, under his “leadership” Wisconsin has fallen to 49th in the country in job growth.

Governor Walker supports austerity cuts for the middle class but he promotes extravagant and unwarranted raises for his wealthy friends.

  • Carla Akins

    Any bets on whether Hall’s eventual pension/retirement is based on the last three years income?

    • Anomaly 100

      ^ A sucker’s bet.

      • Cosmic_Surfer

        An all day sucker?

        • Anomaly 100

          Heh. That!

  • mea_mark

    I guess he got the raise for keeping Wisconsin from falling to last place in job growth. With Walker as governor, I’m sure that was a monumental challenge.

  • juicyfruityyy

    Was that Hall’s payment for sinking, Wisconsin?

    • Carla Akins

      or for doing better than New Mexico.

  • Betty Caron

    How did Walker get re-voted in as Gov? Are the people of Wisconsin sorry yet? I bet they are now.

    • Nuckelavee20

      independents didn’t think that a recall was necessary, he had been governor for only a year

      • Brian Cummings

        sure, but the BS that happened in that year. enough to give me a stomachache.

        • Nuckelavee20

          I don’t disagree with you, some of my high school teachers retired early to keep their benefits. One in particular left because he needed his benefits to help his wife through chemo

  • labman57

    It’s the corporate management mindset — layoff some of your wage earners and slash benefits for the rest … and then give yourself and your top level managers a bonus and a raise for doing such a wonderful job of managing the company.

  • Patti Bavlnka

    $120,000 is already an upper middle class salary and one can live quite well on that. I don’t understand such a hefty raise. I think it should have been limited to between 2-3% like many business give their employees. The state should consider themselves a “business” and not an entitlement! Our tax dollars should be distributed in a fashion where it would do the most good. Enriching someone who is already considered upper middle class is not my idea of “doing the most good”.

    Patti Bavlnka

  • Brit

    Wait…I thought we were broke?

  • Dale

    49th in job growth? You are using old data from April (when 41% of state businesses said they cut back due to Obamacare). Try using the May numbers which show Wisconsin is 20th in business growth (which is higher than every single month under the 8-year leadership of democrat James Doyle).