REPORT: Walker’s Dismal Economic Record in Wisconsin

Today, Vice President Mike Pence and Governor Scott Walker are campaigning together – to tour a manufacturing company before attending a fundraiser in Milwaukee.

Although the events are not open to the public or press, Pence is sure to tout the tax reform plan that would raise taxes on millions of middle class Americans to pay for a tax cut for the rich. The Republicans claim doing so would create jobs, but standing next to Walker while making that case is laughable — Walker’s record of creating jobs in Wisconsin is atrocious.

A few highlights from the report:

Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 Wisconsin jobs in his first term. Not only did he fail to do that, he has still – 6 years in – failed.

Scott Walker promised to create 10,000 new businesses in Wisconsin in his first term. Walker claimed he met his goal, but 80% […]

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Scott Walker Endorses Plan To Kick 414,000 Wisconsinites Off Their Health Insurance

A new analysis out Wednesday shows Scott Walker is supporting a bill that would cost 414,000 of his constituents their healthcare. On Tuesday, Walker released a letter supporting the latest version of Trumpcare, Cassidy-Graham. On Wednesday, a new analysis found that Walker’s chosen plan would kick 414,000 Wisconsinites off their health insurance.

Cassidy-Graham is the worst version of Trumpcare yet. Over the next ten years, it would rob Wisconsin of $2.9 billion in federal funding and kick 414,000 Wisconsinites off their health insurance. The bill also ends Medicaid as we know it, guts protections for people with preexisting conditions, and bars funding for Planned Parenthood. The American Medical Association, AARP, The American Heart Association, and 35 anti-cancer advocacy groups all oppose the bill.

American Bridge Spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Scott Walker is throwing 414,000 Wisconsinites under the bus to advance the one thing […]

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REMINDER: Walker is no friend to Wisconsin workers

As many Wisconsin workers prepare for a much deserved long weekend, it seems fitting to take note of the many times that Governor Scott Walker didn’t have workers’ backs. Below are the top 6 times Walker sold out Wisconsin workers.

Walker said he doesn’t believe the minimum wage serves a purpose. He should talk to the 46,000 Wisconsin workers that make minimum wage or less if they agree.
Walker stripped Wisconsin of its living wage laws and put in a lower minimum wage in its place.
Walker signed legislation that took away the ability of localities to provide paid sick leave programs. The bill superseded Milwaukee’s paid sick leave ordinance, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters.
Walker eliminated collective bargaining rights for government employees in Wisconsin. The same legislation also cut benefits for government employees.
On the campaign trail, Walker equated teachers unions protesting legislation to terrorism.
Walker approved […]

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REMINDER: WEDC Has a Terrible Record of Mishandling Taxpayer Dollars

Following last week’s seven-hour long public hearing on Wisconsin’s deal with Foxconn which is being managed by Scott Walker’s scandal-ridden faux jobs agency, WEDC, we just wanted to send a quick reminder of all the trouble WEDC has gotten themselves into into thanks to failed promises of job creation and bad accounting… not to mention how Scott Walker thanked his own campaign donors with taxpayer funds through WEDC.

2011-2016: WEDC handed out contracts that without requiring companies to create jobs.

2012: WEDC broke federal law by handing out federal block grants without authority, giving out too much money to companies, failing to investigate companies, and unaccounted funds.

2012-2014: Several companies that received WEDC awards outsourced jobs.

2013: Companies that received WEDC awards didn’t follow through on their promises of job creation.

2014: WEDC failed to deliver on 250,000 new jobs promised during his first term.

2014-2015: WEDC came under […]

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Shame on You, Governor Walker

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket and slash funding for Medicaid.

Gov. Scott Walker has called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and rolling back Medicaid, and today he’s arguing that this disastrous bill–that would leave Wisconsin residents paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, and gift tax breaks to the wealthiest few–doesn’t go far enough.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new TrumpCare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, potentially leading to women paying thousands more for maternity care and seniors choosing between their regular prescriptions and groceries.

State […]

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Politics over People: Scott Walker Cozies Up to Trump Even Though His Budget Would Decimate Rural Wisconsin

While President Donald Trump headlines a high-dollar fundraiser for Scott Walker’s re-election campaign, you likely won’t hear him go into detail about his severe budget cuts to the Department of Agriculture. And you definitely won’t hear Scott Walker talk about them. The truth is that those cuts would be disastrous to Wisconsin businesses.

Trump’s budget proposed gutting the U.S. Department of Agriculture by 21 percent – eliminating discretionary funding for the Rural Business and Cooperative Services programs and USDA water and wastewater grant and loan programs that rural Wisconsin communities rely on. In 2016 alone, the Rural Business and Cooperative Program invested more than $28.9 million into rural Wisconsin businesses.

As Walker makes money off of Trump’s appearance today, his budget would eliminate:

Value-Added Producer Grants – provided a $22,530 grant to Leffel Roots, LLC in Eau Claire to develop and market bakery and cider products and $250,000 grant tomarket,process and ship shredded […]

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The Trump Economy: 1,952-And-Counting Announced Wisconsin Layoffs

Lifelong outsourcer Donald Trump is today heading to Wisconsin to talk about “workforce development” and campaign with Scott Walker, who’s handed out millions in taxpayer-funded economic development incentives to firms that went on to outsource jobs.

Beyond their shared commitment to outsourcing and rewarding outsourcers (see also: Vice President Mike Pence), Trump and Walker both espouse hardline anti-worker rhetoric and champion policies that harm working families. Trump has expressed support for right to work for less laws and bragged that he “fight[s] the unions very hard,” and some of his earliest executive actions have repealed anti-wage theft regulations and ended workplace protections, among other things. And Walker has, for his part, similarly championed a hardline anti-worker and anti-union agenda in Wisconsin, bringing heated rhetoric to match his fierce commitment to policies that attack working families.

As the self-proclaimed “greatest jobs president that God ever created” heads to the […]

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Good luck, Scott Walker

In Morning Consult’s new rankings of governors, Governor Walker ranks in the top ten of governors with the highest disapproval rating, adding yet another poll to the heap that show voters are unhappy with his failed leadership.

“Walker has to convince those covered by the Affordable Care Act that he continues to rail against and the parents of children who have seen severe cuts in their schools that he’s earned another term. Good luck with that.” – American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price

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Scott Walker’s Own Secret Email Scandal

That awkward moment when you ask a governor whose political career includes a secret email scandal to go on the attack…

Following their pattern of asking governors who have no moral high ground to play attack dog, Wisconsin Scott Walker took the stage tonight. In 2009, Wisconsin opened a John Doe Investigation (a state specific type of probe) into Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive during which thousands of dollars went missing from a veterans charity fund.

Walker’s office did their best to block the inquiry, but investigators were able to find evidence that a secret email router had been set up to illegally conduct political activities to help his gubernatorial campaign. From what’s been released publicly, there is strong support to suggest that Walker knew about the emails. Though the governor was never charged, six Walker allies were convicted for their actions, including two aides who were charged with embezzling funds […]

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Scott Walker’s WEDC: A Guide To Making America Outsource Again

When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was running for office, he promised to create 250,000 new jobs for the state outside of the government through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). After three years, WEDC had failed to even meet its first year goal of creating 50,000 jobs. Instead of building Wisconsin’s economy, WEDC is a scandal-ridden jobs agency that gave tax-payer money to companies that outsourced jobs, provided loans to Walker campaign donors without discretion, and regularly failed to follow the law or its own policies.

During his presidential campaign, Walker was dogged by WEDC’s problems. A report by WKOW discovered that one company that received money from WEDC, Eaton Corporation, laid off employees at its plant in the state and sent 163 jobs to Mexico. After it came out that Eaton was outsourcing, WEDC failed to get the money it loaned back. The group also gave multi-million dollar […]

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