Scott Walker is set to give his State of the State address tonight, and the truth is, he doesn’t have much good news to report. Walker rode into Madison in 2010 dead-set on giving the state a massive Tea Party makeover. And he did.
Walker’s vision for economic growth in Wisconsin consisted largely of massive tax cuts for the wealthy and the privatization of state’s economic development program. To pull off his tax overhaul, Walker, implemented the largest education cuts in state history. But even that wasn’t enough — now the state faces an astonishing $2.2 billion budget shortfall. And just in case you questioned his ideological rigidity, Walker insists that slashing property taxes remains his number one priority this year. So what programs will he cut next to try to solve his colossal budget problem? That remains a mystery.
As for his privatized economic development agency, well that hasn’t gone much better. WEDC has been wrought with controversy, giving Wisconsin taxpayer dollars to companies that ship jobs overseas, and tearing through executives. Moreover, Walker didn’t even come close to delivering on his promise to create 250,000 jobs in his first term, and Wisconsin continues to lag behind other states in the midwest and across the country when it comes to employment growth.
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