Scott Walker's record on jobs and economic development: a total failure

"Jobs, jobs, jobs. … As President Bush said on Friday, 'the American economy heads into 2006 with a full head of team.' Thanks, in part, to the tax cuts pushed by President Bush in 2001 and again in 2003, the economy is headed in the right direction. Most importantly, Americans' businesses are headed in the right direction." [Scott Walker Blog, 1/7/06]

On no other issue has Scott Walker provided less leadership than jobs. In 2009 alone, Milwaukee County lost over 30,000 jobs. Walker’s failure to prioritize job creation and economic development has devastated Milwaukee County’s workers. Walker has punted responsibility or mismanaged three job creation and economic development offices. After several years of cutting funding by almost 50 percent to the Office of Community Business Development Partners, the County Board took control of the division in 2006. In his 2007 budget, Walker first stripped millions of dollars from the Department of Administrative Service’s Economic and Community Development Division, and then completely eliminated the division in 2009.

In 2007, due to Walker’s inaction, the state was forced to strip authority from Walker over the Private Industry Council and give it to the City of Milwaukee after complaints about its effectiveness and loss of funding sources.

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Walker dismantled Milwaukee County economic development programs

Vetoed using a $2 million gift for economic development, instead used it to claim a “surplus” for 2008 budget year

Walker failed to market job-creating financial aid and take advantage of federal lending programs

Walker hired inexperienced campaign staff to run economic development programs

Walker took credit for jobs program he vetoed, County board overrode

Walker toes WMC Line on Green Energy Incentives & Mandates to Generate Green Jobs in Wisconsin

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Walker failed to develop plans or assign staff to promote program to boost local economic development

Walker didn’t develop a plan or designate staff to promote financing aid that could boost local economic development. Two major federal lending programs could be tapped by the county to assist private developers by lowering borrowing costs, but the county has been slow to market the aid.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/25/2010



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