Walker’s ‘Work Problem’ is His Problem

Walker Debate Excuse Blames Unemployed Workers for Mess He Created

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker’s excuse during Friday’s debate that Wisconsin doesn’t have a jobs problem, it has a “work problem,” is the latest and most offensive excuse by the flailing governor who promised 250,000 jobs, while putting Wisconsin dead last in the Midwest in job creation under his watch.

“Gov. Scott Walker got everything he wanted from the Republican-controlled legislature for nearly four years and we are dead last in jobs in the Midwest,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Gov. Scott Walker says we have a ‘work problem,’ but the only things that aren’t working are his failed policies. There are hundreds of thousands of unemployed and underemployed workers also suffering because of his failed policies.”

One Wisconsin Now pointed to several specific proposals enacted or ignored by Gov. Walker, which have put Wisconsin dead last in the Midwest in jobs, according to the latest national jobs figures:

  • Gov. Walker enacted the biggest cuts to public education in state history.
  • Gov. Walker handed out billions in tax cuts to corporations and the rich, many of whom contributed massive sums of money to his campaigns and election efforts.
  • Gov. Walker opposed common sense reforms to help the state’s more than 800,000 student loan borrowers.
  • Gov. Walker repealed the state’s equal pay law.
  • Gov. Walker refused to support a higher minimum wage.
  • Gov. Walker rejected hundreds of millions of dollars federal dollars to get people access to affordable health care.
  • Gov. Walker pursued a radical and extreme social agenda that attacked the rights of women, workers and voters.
  • Gov. Walker has crisscrossed the country raising money for a planned presidential run instead of focusing on creating jobs in Wisconsin.

“Gov. Walker is a career politician who hasn’t worked in the private sector his entire adult life,” said Ross. “The only thing he’s good at is not taking responsibility and evading accountability for his actions. And to ensure we’re saying something nice – Gov. Walker is really good at raising himself and his special interest groups millions of dollars in contributions.”

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.