Dear Friend, You
might have heard that the Illinois Chamber of Commerce hosted Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker as guest speaker today. One would wonder what a
governor with a terrible economic record could have to say about jobs
and economic growth. While Governor Walker might be fond of anti-worker
and tea party rhetoric, the facts aren't on his side. Here are some of
Job Growth: Since Governor Walker took office, Wisconsin has been in last place in the nation in job growth. Just last year Wisconsin lost 21,000 jobs. Since 2010, Illinois has added over 130,000 new private sector jobs.
This year, the bi-partisan Tax Foundation ranked Wisconsin 43rd
nationally in business-friendly tax environments. Illinois ranks 28th.
grew its exports by nearly 30% in 2011 - nearly double the national
average. Wisconsin's exports only grew 11%, which is well below the
Working Families: By cutting the Earned Income Tax Credit, Governor Walker raised taxes on low-wage workers with young children. Governor Quinn doubled this same tax credit this year, proving more tax relief to working families.
Walker's budget increases state spending by over $1 billion, which is
primarily paid for by tax increases on seniors, families with children,
and home owners. His budget calls for raising property taxes by nearly a $500 billion.
"Wisconsin is a great place to vacation, Illinois is where you want to locate your company."
are more productive. Wisconsin ranks 46th nationally in worker
productivity. We have twice the gross domestic product of Wisconsin and
export twice as much. More businesses are started in Illinois and we
rank higher in high-tech employment opportunities. As the nation
recovers from the recession, Illinois is creating jobs at a rate 10
times greater than Wisconsin. We are spending more on research and
development. We have five times the venture capital investment. We are
producing more people with science and engineering advanced degrees.
While the recession has been brutal, we are working our way out of it.
We are investing in our people and our businesses." (Read more: Illinois is open for business, Mike Holewinski, Chicago Tribune, 4/17/12)
hope Governor Walker enjoyed his trip to Illinois, and that he saw for
himself what a great place it is to do business. If you want a governor
with a proven record of job creation, rather than just rhetoric, show your support for Governor Pat Quinn.
James Rowen, a writer and consultant, has worked for newspapers, and as the senior Mayoral staffer, in Madison and Milwaukee, WI. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007. Posts run also at various news sites, including The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "Purple Wisconsin."