Gee: wonder why?
First - - Check out the department's index of reports, and see how the frequency is declining.
Past ReportsAnd "Winter 2014?" That report came out on March 20, according to this news release - -
|March 20||Winter 2014 Wisconsin Economic Outlook and Winter 2014 Wisconsin Metropolitan Area Outlook|
Why doesn't the report have an actual date on it?
Note also how often these reports were published during the Doyle years, and were issued routinely with more precise dates.
There have only been two in the last two years. How come, and where here is Walker's vaunted "transparency"?
The forecast calls for increases of more than 40,000 jobs per year in 2014 and 2015.
How broken is that crystal ball?
The state so far this year isn't hitting 30,000 - - and, OK , the year isn't over yet - - but in two of Walker's three years in office the state added fewer than 30,000 jobs, according to PolitiFact's regular tracking.
And let's talk about personal income growth, a statistical area for which Walker had claimed success in a recent TV commercial until bloggers and others got PolitiFact to show that, in fact, Wisconsin over the Walker years was dead last in the Midwest and 44th nationally.
The June, 2012 report had predicted a strong, 4.1% annual increase for 2013.
By the so-called Winter 2014 report, that projection for 2013 had been cut to 2.9%
So these official forecasts, few as the are, have exactly what basis in fact, and what value - - beyond PR? The dismal science gets more dismal when number get twisted, cooked and served with side of spin.
It all reminds me of a Walker "Pants on Fire" rating fully deserved 21 months ago when he greatly overstated the jobs created during his term: