Wisconsin is not open for business that is expanding elsewhere and which wanted to put down roots here.
Gov. Scott Walker doomed modern rail construction and train assembly manufacturing in Milwaukee and the state, and now wants to impose ultra-restrictive new rules on behalf of some real estate friends that will stop growth in the wind turbine industry.
The difference between the existing policy and Walker's rule change is stated well by the Journal Sentinel's Tom Content:
For a supposedly pro-growth Governor, this is about absurd as it can get.
And does it ever turn around the words of a top Walker appointee - - DNR-designee Cathy Stepp - - when she fired off a heated partisan allegation about Democrats in the government whom she accused of misusing their power:
"Change the Rules to Fit the Players," is how she put it.
Which is just what Walker is doing to a policy already hashed out, to businesses operating in good faith, and to projects for which permits have been issued.
Is the world upside down? Where are the editorial voices who urged Walker's election because had administrative experience and good plan for growing the economy and adding jobs?
Walker seems committed to making Wisconsin more dependent on fossil fuel burns at coal-fired generating plants and on expanded highways - - but leaving us with dirtier and fewer jobs.
Innovators in alternative energy fields, which is where job growth is happening with more projected, will go elsewhere.