Gov. Walker: More Job Growth

Scott Walker talks about jobs coming to Waukesha area in his weekly radio address.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address from Gov. Scott Walker once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed online. To download an mp3 file you can visit Walker's website, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address, which is titled More Job Growth:

This week, we saw another example of how we're turning things around in Wisconsin and why we’re headed in the right direction.  I was proud to announce that Connecture, Inc. a software company currently based in Atlanta Georgia,  One hundred high-paying professional technology jobs will result from this move over the next three years. 

Information about the open positions and recruiting open houses can be found at www.conjecture.com/jobs or by calling 262-522-4815.

Adding Connecture to the state's economy will build off of our hub of medical technology development and innovation.  Wisconsin has many great assets to offer employers from other states: dedicated and hardworking employees, a state government that supports private sector growth, a great infrastructure network - just to name a few.

This is just one of the many good stories taking place in Wisconsin. We are working tirelessly to recruit and retain employers who can provide our people with good-paying, family sustaining jobs. 

Moving forward, I will continue to advance pro-growth policies that help employers create jobs.  I am optimistic that we will be able to attract more jobs by encouraging other businesses to relocate in our great state. 

Employers who relocate to Wisconsin not only help those who directly obtain a job with the company, but also serve as a supply chain for other businesses and ultimately result in increased economic activity for area communities.

Working together, we can get our state working again. We can move Wisconsin forward.

Dan Pavelich February 12, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Those posting the comment are exactly right when they say that government does not create jobs. I think we can all agree, though, that government has a responsibility to create a climate where businesses can flourish enough to add jobs. Is 100 jobs a good thing? You bet it is. Who cares whether Walker or somebody else got 'em here, it's positive job growth. Can't we all agree on that, regardless of how we feel about the recall? We may still be short of what Walker promised, but at least we're up 100, thanks to this company's move. When was the last time either party got 100% of what they wanted from a politician? Remember, Walker's term isn't quite over yet, so nobody knows what the finally tally of new jobs will end up being. This job growth, along with 22 months of positive job growth nationally, shows that things can be turned around. I didn't vote for Walker, nor do I agree with several things he's done, but I won't try to turn positive action into negative comments. Whether or not he's recalled remains to be seen. That will be decided on in the next election by the voters of Wisconsin, not by who can make the snarkiest comment about the opposition.
Don Niederfrank February 12, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Adam, This is going to sound more arrogant that I wish but... As someone who taught business ethics for years I would disagree on two points-- 1) Different economic systems have specific values which underlie them and logical consequences both of which may be judged moral/immoral based on certain moral standards. 2) People are not moral or immoral; their actions are.
Adam Wienieski February 12, 2012 at 08:11 PM
What is the Bren model for economic growth and higher employment, does it require an "investment" by state taxpayers? The Wisconsin economy is conjoined with the national economy and to that extent indifferent to puny gubernatorial schemes. Was Wisconsin doing everything right prior to the first 12 months of the Walker administration? There seems to be a curious double standard here on several fronts.
Don Niederfrank February 12, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thanks, Dan. Bingo.
TOM February 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Don February 13, 2012 at 12:59 AM
A couple of things: 1. $143 million is a lot better than $3.6 billion. 2. You still insist on tax increases, as your first plan to attack any shortfall in revenue. There is borrowing, laying off people, closing offices, 1-2 days per month, reducing hours, looking for waste & fraud, and probably some other things, ALL BEFORE raising taxes. 3. Raising corporate taxes to previous levels, reduces the number of jobs that could be created and rescinds Walker's statement. "Wisconsin is open for business." Jobs create tax revenue and more jobs, etc. 4. I have no real opinion on the mortgage settlement. I do know that regardless of which plan is adopted, lot of people will be pissed off... 5. As for Voter ID, I want to be IDed as I vote and I want to know my vote counts. I want to know everybody is voting ONLY one time. This is NOT Chicago, where the dead vote early and often.
Adam Wienieski February 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Don, it is somewhat circular to argue an economic system has certain values that can be judged moral or immoral depending on the moral standards being used. Your Christian values do not offend me so hopefully my deism will not offend you. Man is not perfect, I believe he is both man and animal, you may prefer man and God but it is men who are capable of greed and corruption, not markets; capitalism simply matches mankind. The capitalist system does the best job of encouraging our better angels and harnessing our animal spirits if that's what you mean by logical consequences. Surely you don't believe wealth is wicked? To judge economic systems by their "actions" in the 20th century one would conclude that socialistic systems from the Nationalsozialistisch brown shirts of Hitler's Germany through Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot the socialist siren song to forget God and put your hope in mankind inevitably ends in mass murder and societal collapse. Capitalism, on the other hand, has delivered unimaginable advances in living standards everywhere it has been tried. Social progress measured by infant mortality and life expectancy, access to health care and education has expanded most rapidly in the countries most open to trade and foreign investment.
Don Niederfrank February 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Adam, would you be willing to exchange email addresses? I have a response but I think we're going to get into a discussion that will muddy the waters here.
MrsPeel February 13, 2012 at 08:19 AM
@Adam... "To judge economic systems by their "actions" in the 20th century one would conclude that socialistic systems from the Nationalsozialistisch brown shirts of Hitler's Germany through Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot the socialist siren song to forget God and put your hope in mankind inevitably ends in mass murder and societal collapse." Each of the instances that you list are situations where political systems of totalitarianism were put into place. The resulting disasters were politically motivated and not economically motivated. If you don't understand this, then you are uninformed. If you do understand and still post what you did then your statements are disingenuous. Perhaps you should get your posts cleared by the Great Hoffa.
Bucky February 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM
@Anti -Sky ... Public sidewalks , public streets, One citation that I know of was given for horn honking that was published and the man paid the fine. No disobedience noted or published that I have seen or any sign carriers there since Nov. 2011 during the rally at which no citations were issued. But thanks for your ignorant accusations and misleading information. Again another uninformed barker.
Bucky February 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Tom, The people are real the stories are real. You have this year to re coop and that's it. I am sure that Walker will have no choice but to raise state taxes next year. Do the math. Get an education and know the facts. This state can not continue to run on Walkers lies.
Toadie February 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Drop in the bucket. Walker is an incredible disappointment.
Markman February 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Why are Americans so economically ignorant and politically gullible? Point 1: Politicians take too much credit when the economy is healthy and get too much blame when things are bad. Fact is the majority of the jobs are in the private sector; and if you want to effect the fastest and greatest possible change to an economy, you have to pursue policies that encourage companies to grow. Higher taxes and fees and greater regulation have the opposite effect. Even if you do provide favorable policies, the effects do not happen over night. Companies have to believe that the policies will stay in place for a reasonable period of time. They need a certain level of certainty. But if you have good policies but uncertainty (a.k.a. the Recall Movement), the desired impact is blocked. Point 2: How can we get people to stop calling a "tax holiday" and "tax cut". How are you cutting a company's taxes if they have never paid any taxes in this state before? You incite the company to open shop in our state and create jobs. The new employees earn a salary and pay state income taxes; and then down the road, the company starts paying its fair share as well. But you might never have gotten the company, the jobs and the state income taxes in the first place if you never offered the incentive.
Fly February 14, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Can't we just get along, folks? I voted FOR Scott Walker and now I plan to vote for his recall. The balanced state budget seems to me to be smoke and mirrors. I did not like the way he cut the collective bargaining system and I do not like the way the mining bill in Ashland county has been handled so far, nor do I like the way the DNR has become a political function, and finally the way the state has expressed interest in selling state land to corporations and has plans to allow wetlands to be developed...are all my reasons for disappointment. I accept that others feel differently. And I accept that state Democrats may be no better on other issues. But I have had enough of the way this administration jams these issues through without explaining themselves in a meaningful, open and honest way
Steve February 14, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Bren, how many jobs have you created? Why can you not answer this simple question.
Steve February 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
It's a shame the liberal terrorists have forced the state patrol to stand guard of our fine Governor's personal residence. It is also a shame you would rather see them unemployed.
Steve February 14, 2012 at 01:41 AM
lol you voted for Walker, good one
Adam Wienieski February 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Political systems can be designed to either control the economy in service of imaginary utopian ends or to allow free markets. What you refuse to understand is fascist movements were and are left wing. The National Socialism of 1930's Germany favored state control of wages, prices, private property education and employment. They demanded the confiscation of inherited wealth and excessive profits. Embrace your roots MrsPeel, except for the murder, bigotry and genocide there is very little in the Nazi agenda a contemporary progressive would object to.
Awake! February 14, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Finally...someone with a hint of common sense...
MrsPeel February 14, 2012 at 07:46 PM
@Adam... Fascism is most commonly defined as an extreme Rightwing movement. If you don't know that then you are willfully ignorant. Each fascist government; Spain, Germany, Italy, and Argentina for examples have had different flavors of Fascism. Always these regimes have resorted to a totalitarain approach to governing. "Embrace your roots MrsPeel, except for the murder, bigotry and genocide there is very little in the Nazi agenda a contemporary progressive would object to." It is obviously useless to try and have a discussion with someone of your views. You espouse classic rightwing crap... up = down, black = white. You make up your own facts. The Patch has been turned into nothing short of a cheap imitation of FAUX NOISE, with the Limbaughians and the Randians shouting "Ditto". I will leave you and The Great Hoffa to wallow in your arrogance and self-pity. These discussions have become utterly worthless. Good luck.
Thurston Howell III February 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
@Adam, Where did you get your degree in political science? At the Rush Limbaugh Academy of Excellence in Broadcasting? This is Wisconsin, I thought your kind of ignorance could only be found in the White Trash trailer courts of Alabama. You really need to study REAL history, Not right wing propaganda history. Anyone who claims that Fascism is a left wing movement can only be one thing. IGNORANT!
Don Niederfrank February 14, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Adam, do some reading about the neo-Nazis in Europe, the Aryan Brotherhood in the U.S. and others. Their agenda is quite opposite that of the Left. There is a distinct difference between Socialism as an economic system in which much/all of the means of production are owned by the government and Nazism which is an ideology of government control for the sake of national, racial and ethnic purity. Both systems are contrary to individual liberty--the one contrary to capitalism, the other contrary to democracy. Capitalism is an economic system; democracy a system of governance. The Nazis were quite content with German capitalists who grew quite wealthy during WWII. You might be interested in Henry Ford's (certainly an American capitalist) views re. Jews and Nazi Germany.
Thurston Howell III February 15, 2012 at 12:18 AM
@Don, You're bringing rationality into this. What is wrong with you? And then you add the perspective of the Henry Ford? Truly , Don you have drunk from the well of reason and should not be allowed to comment here any further. LOL (Shhhh I won't tell anyone but very good post ;-)
Adam Wienieski February 15, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Don, we're not talking about the neo-Nazis or Aryan Brotherhood in the US who have cherry picked the racism and bigotry of Nazi Germany because it fits their agenda. Nazism was a popular movement indistinguishable from the leftism of its day. Adolph Hitler was more of a leftist than a nationalist or a bigot who hated the rich, the Jews and capitalists. Let's read what the head Nazi said in May, 1927: "We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions." Both socialism and Nazism are corrosive to personal liberty. First they came for our economic liberty and good Germans said nothing, or as Goebbels described it: "The bourgeois is about to leave the historical stage. In its place will come the class of productive workers, the working class, that has been up until today oppressed. It is beginning to fulfill its political mission. It is involved in a hard and bitter struggle for political power as it seeks to become part of the national organism. The battle began in the economic realm; it will finish in the political." P.S. Poor Thursty, often wrong but never in doubt.
Don Niederfrank February 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Adam, "What you refuse to understand is fascist movements were and are left wing. The National Socialism of 1930's Germany favored state control of wages, prices, private property education and employment. They demanded the confiscation of inherited wealth and excessive profits. " I wouldn't disagree with this. I'd add that the same could be said of monarchies and any form of governance that has great control over a nation's economy. And I would concede that socialism puts more control of the resources and means of production into the hands of the government than laissez faire capitalism. And I would concede that socialism is "leftist" and capitalism is "rightist."
Don Niederfrank February 17, 2012 at 08:23 PM
What I would not agree on is that all fascist systems are Leftist and that socialism is a movement toward fascism. From Wiki-- There is a running dispute among scholars about where along the left/right spectrum that fascism resides.[22][23][24][25] Fascism was founded during World War I by Italian national syndicalists who combined left-wing and right-wing political views, but Italian Fascism gravitated to the right in the early 1920s.[26][27] Benito Mussolini in 1919 described fascism as a syncretic movement that would strike "against the backwardness of the right and the destructiveness of the left".[28][29] Italian Fascists described fascism as a right-wing ideology in the political program The Doctrine of Fascism: "We are free to believe that this is the century of authority, a century tending to the 'right,' a fascist century." If you haven't noticed, we do not have a purely capitalist economic system. We have a mixed system with the gov't using/providing resources for the entire population. The fear mongering that we are sliding toward either Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany is just that--fear mongering. The mythos of this culture is so steeped with Individualism that we freak at the thought of being coerced to care for the needy amongst us less it infringe on our "liberty", which I would point out as a Christian pastor has somehow trumped "compassion" as the supreme moral standard of the day.
Don Niederfrank February 17, 2012 at 08:27 PM
We might be on our way to Canada or--horrors!--Sweden, but that's about it. Neither the extreme Left or extreme Right are going to push us into a fascism of any order.
Don February 18, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Back in the 1960's, when Maier was Mayor of Milwaukee, he had an officer sitting in a car outside in home, near 35th & Silver Spring... I'd guess Mayor Barrett has the same 'service'... I know he lives in the Bayview area...( perhaps I should go visit the area and find out for sure... ) That said, there are NO protests out Mayor Barrett's home, on a daily basis...
Don February 18, 2012 at 06:58 AM
How many private sector union workers are there in the state of WI? How many public sector union workers are there in the state of WI? How many non-union workers are there in the state of WI? I think you will find the number of non-union workers contributing in the form of taxes is greater than union workers I am non-union, working in a factory, supplying goods and services to union shops, although that is changing, as some of those union shops, have been closed and moved to 'right-to-work' state(s)... Unions are losing membership and influence in the work place...
Don February 18, 2012 at 07:02 AM
As for Walker NOT being in Madison as often as you would like, what doe sit really matter? Isn't the goal of being governor to improve the state you 'inherited' ? Did you know the former governor of Illinois, Baggo, did most of his work in an office in Chicago? Baggo would go to Springfield ONLY as needed? IN fact when he was arrested, it was in Chicago....


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