Governor Walker's State of the State Speech

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...just two sentences in to Scott Walker’s preview of the State of the State address...we’ve already counted four [items of misinformation].

 “The state of our state is strong and improving every day.  The economy is dramatically better and our finances are in great shape.”

  1. “The state of our state is strong” – Nope. We’re 37th in the nation in job creation and 70 percent of Wisconsinites say their personal financial situation has stayed the same or gotten worse since Scott Walker took office. [1]
  2. “Improving every day” – Wrong again. Ranking 45th in the nation in projected job growth and 48th in new business start-ups isn’t a sign of improvement. [2]
  3. “The economy is dramatically better” – Compared to what? Not our neighbors in the Midwest and most of the rest of the nation. Wisconsin is growing jobs at just half the national averageand two-thirds of the state says our economy won’t get better in the next year. [3]
  4. “Our finances are in great shape” – Under Scott Walker Wisconsin’s debt level has risen to an all-time high of more than $14 billion and his new tax plan adds another $100 million to our structural deficit. [4]

 Seriously, if these first two sentences are any indication, the WisDems Truth Team has a long night ahead of us. And an even longer nine and a half months til Election Day. 

 The WisDems Truth Team

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[1] United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, MarquetteLawSchool Poll

[2] Forbes Magazine, The Kauffman Foundation

[3] United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, MarquetteLawSchool Poll

[4] Legislative Fiscal Bureau


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