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% of the “new” businesses did not have any Wisconsin employees.

  • Under Walker, Wisconsin’s job growth not only stalled behind its neighbors, but Walker’s “disruptive policy shifts” actually prevented the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs.

  • In 2016, Wisconsin saw its slowest levels of job growth since Walker took office. Wages declined by 2 percent.

  • Under Walker, Wisconsin ranked in the bottom 10 states in economic growth and dropped in rankings of infrastructure and quality of life.

Read American Bridge’s full report about Walker’s Dismal Economic Record in Wisconsinhere.

“If Vice President Pence is hoping to pat Scott Walker on the back for economic growth, he’s living in a fantasy world,” said American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price. “Scott Walker cannot be trusted to do anything but fail Wisconsinites on everything from job creation to economic development, since that’s all he’s done as Governor.”