Take a look at these two excerpts from Journal Sentinel stories about construction jobs in Wisconsin.
From this story Thursday about the loss of another 4,300 private sector jobs in Wisconsin in March:
In Wisconsin, construction showed the deepest monthly job losses, which was unexpected given the unseasonably warm weather.* From this 2011 story about the impact on the job market related to Walker's cancellation of the federally-funded Amtrak line from Milwaukee-to-Madison:
The state Department of Transportation had projected that rail-related jobs would peak at 4,732 in 2012, counting those in direct construction, at supply companies and in government. Also, 55 permanent jobs would be created to operate and maintain the trains, tracks and stations. Supporters say many more jobs would be created by the project's spinoff impact on the economy.There's no way to escape the facts and the conclusion: Walker's ideological decision to cancel the train cost the state construction, manufacturing and maintenance jobs - - and other opportunities and interaction among universities and businesses along the Midwest High Speed Rail Corridor from which Wisconsin is now disconnected.
Could the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters have been more prescient with the release of "Rail Fail" in its series of disclosures about Walker?
The group's report included this stinging remark from the LA Times after some of the money Walker forfeited went to California's rail system:
"Thanks a billion, cheeseheads!"