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Scott Walker’s Record on Jobs & the Economy

Scott Walker’s Signature Promise Was to Create 250,000 Jobs in Wisconsin in His First Term. He Fell Nearly 50% Short of That Goal

Running for office in 2010, Scott Walker’s signature promise was to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin in his first term. He fell nearly 50% short of that goal, an abysmal failure at the one major promise he made to voters. Additionally, Wisconsin’s economy has lagged behind the rest of the Midwest during the economic recovery, with Wisconsin consistently ranking dead last or near last in key economic and job growth during Walker’s tenure.

To make matters worse, Walker’s flagship economic development agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has been mired by incompetence, cronyism, and corruption. Multiple audits show the agency has broken the law, failed to follow internal policies, and lost track of millions in taxpayer dollars. And recent investigations by media outlets have shown state economic development awards going to Walker campaign donors. A One Wisconsin Now analysis in May of 2014 showed nearly 60% of economic development awards flowed to businesses with a connection to Walker’s donors, either through employees or their management structure.

When it comes to jobs and economic development, Walker’s agenda has been a nearly complete failure.

The report found that owners or employees of 30 percent of businesses receiving WEDC assistance contributed to Gov. Walker's campaign or the RGA. Meanwhile these same businesses received almost 60 percent of WEDC economic development funds - $570 million in total. []

The watchdog One Wisconsin Now reported owners and employees of businesses receiving WEDC funds contributed more than $614,000 to Walker’s political campaigns and to the Republican Governors Association, which then contributed lavishly to Walker. []

The rights of voters to participate in free and fair elections, and have confidence that their vote will be counted is fundamental to our democracy. No one has failed them more than Gov. Walker. []

After two years of unprecedented partisan political strife under their governance, a stagnant economy and record cuts to public education, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans enter the new legislative session claiming in media reports that they will pursue a moderate political agenda. []

“Walker’s WEDC has come up so short because there is no accountability in handing out millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded giveaways to businesses,” Ross said. “And Walker’s ‘solution’ is to put a board member from the state’s biggest business lobby in charge.” []

MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne today announced the filing of public record requests associated with the suspicious timing of a new television ad from Gov. Walker’s campaign,... []

MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin’s jobs crisis – posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added – and is now poised... []