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Gov. Walker Radio Address: Wisconsin's Economic Outlook: Positive

Each week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivers a radio address about various issues in the state.

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 Wisconsin’s Economic Outlook: Positive.

Hi. I'm Scott Walker.

Wisconsin’s economy is continuing to turn around.  In the first two months of this year we’ve added over 17,000 private sector jobs.  Our unemployment rate is 6.9 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008.

The outlook for the future is looking better too.  But, you don’t have to take my word for it—just last week the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank released a new economic growth forecast for states and it was the best forecast for our state since 2003.  Wisconsin also experienced the most improved forecast in the nation.  

Beyond the Fed study, the Tax Foundation recently released a new report, which ranked Wisconsin 4th in the country for the most favorable environment for new job creators.  Wisconsin easily outranks our neighboring states.  Some of the changes made during the January 2011 Jobs Special Session contributed to Wisconsin’s favorable rating.  

Our actions have also had a positive effect on Wisconsinites looking for work—this year the total number of new unemployment claims declined by almost one-fourth when compared to the first full 11 weeks of 2010.

We’re also seeing a continued increase in the number of open and available jobs.  Last year, we had a record 151,000 job postings on JobCenterofWisconsin.com, and the totals for this year are over 15.6 percent higher than where the numbers were at this point in 2011.

Wisconsin’s positive economic outlook is good news for those seeking work and employers considering an expansion in our state.  We’ll continue to work hard to improve the economy in Wisconsin and keep jobs our top priority.

Adam Wienieski April 01, 2012 at 02:04 AM
But, it's not working! Seems like just yesterday all we heard about was Wisconsin being 47th worst in the country for job creation based on a Puffington Host comment from some anonymous state employee and numbers that included laid off state workers (a positive thing in the long run.) Now it's back to navel gazing psychoanalysis of first person/present tense. Seriously lame.
Clark April 01, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Yeah- Obama really hasn't had jack to do with the economy improving. How about those gas prices - oh wait, he said that wasn't his problem. He was busy sending his 10 year old daughter to Mexico with 25 secret service agents to realize what was going on. Dope.
Bren April 01, 2012 at 06:53 AM
Mr. Hoffa, we've noticed that Walker does this all the time, even in personal interviews responding to personal opinion questions. As we said in our prior post we find this jarring and discordant. Most politicians do know the difference between first person singular and first person plural.
Luke April 01, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Bren said <<< Most politicians do know the difference between first person singular and first person plural.>>> Yes, I've heard the tinfoil hat crowd saying this. They all have the same talking points. I can't figure out if the person/s who originated this "observation" is childish or ignorant. It's conventional for a campaigning (non-incumbent) politician to use "I" more than "we." Once in office, it is better to use "we" more often because it sounds more egalitarian and collaborative, and is therefore more likely to be welcomed. But it's always good to say "I" when defending something that will almost inevitably sound noble, such as defending the poor, orphans, widows, or retirement funds. Some people do this naturally, but others have to be trained. How much anyone does this varies, but it is recommended. For example, Gina Raimond, the brilliant Democrat Treasurer of Rhode Island almost always uses "we" in her speeches, but when in conversation will use "I" when talking about herself. However, she -- either through natural understanding or training -- often catches herself saying "I" and will stop before the word totally comes out and will say "we." This is her first year out of the corporate world, so she is used to saying "I," but you can see her prefrontal lobe catching the error and correcting it with "we" quite often. The transition process is obvious. http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/03/23/watch-gina-raimondo-talk-pensions-on-cnbcs-squawk-box/
Luke April 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM
One more thing, since I ran out of space in my last post. Walker really is a "we" person, both in private and in public. I could give an endless number of examples, but those who were at the zoo when Walker came last year saw his typical style in action. When discussing a topic with a group, he would stop talking and would pick out someone who hadn't said anything and would ask them what they thought. After the meeting I asked one woman how she thought the meeting went (I was not in the meeting), and she replied that it went fine, because, as usual, Walker noticed that some) had not said anything (there was too much competition), so he called upon her to share any thoughts she had. Another woman that was with us after the meeting said that she felt respected. Call it what you will.
Dirk Gutzmiller April 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Luke - You invited people to "call it what you will" about Walker being at the zoo and picking out people in the group while speaking and asking their opinion. OK. You seem to be reaching for straws, and overly impressed with the superficial, from reading some of your posts.. Anybody who has had some training in leading a group, or just common sense, knows that is a method of speaking. Was it a friendly group, probably yes. But I have actually seen that technique used in business to pick out dissidents to the message the leader was conveying, and rebuke them immediately or punish them subtly later. Also, someone trying to convince a group may intentionally call on a cheerleader type, like you. Suggest you take a course or two in handling such speaking situations. It is not necessarily a heartfelt, spontaneous exercise. It is just part of the training exercises a politician gets who appears closed-minded and autocratic otherwise. You are correct, it is a "style" of speaking, and that can be learned in remedial training sessions.
Dirk Gutzmiller April 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
@Clark - Why have gas prices soared in Wisconsin under Walker, particularly in the S.E. part of the state, and more than in much of the nation? Why is he not lowering state gas taxes at the pump, offering better incentives for energy savings and alternative fuels, etc. Why is he so very helpless at times, a victim of the Feds, the economy, Dems, etc., and yet can promise hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and tax breaks galore (but not a break in gas taxes)? If he can create all those jobs, why can't he simply use some of that extraordinary power to get gas prices down?
Bob McBride April 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Luke, I really wouldn't waste any time on this if I were you. Consider the source.
Luke April 01, 2012 at 02:46 PM
@Dirk No, it was not a "friendly group." In fact, one of the people was afraid to look "friendly" because she feared for her job. But when it comes to the behavioral sciences, I doubt anyone will seek your advice.
Dirk Gutzmiller April 01, 2012 at 03:19 PM
@Bob McBride - Let Luke talk. He seems like an intelligent guy with some corporate experience and is making some points to be considered by educated people. You are beaten in these online debates by worthy debaters, then you appear to get bitter and politically censorial. Elaborate on the "Consider the source" putdown. I am considering the source, but I still ask for your explanation. It's not one of your video games, people are real here.
Mike April 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Thats right Bren, you are so intelligent you are even a psychiatrist. Or are you psychic also? Your ablilities to analze people from afar is amazing. You must be one of Gods wonders to this world. Thank you God.
Bob McBride April 01, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Dirk, What is your obsession with video games? Do you assume any cultural reference that's unfamiliar to you, due to your limited exposure to the big world, implies participation? Try these on for size, Dirk: fo shizzle - mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho - over 9000. Head on over to the urban dictionary, Dirk. I might have just cussed you out. As for "Consider the source", the source is Bren - a guy whose repeated self-reference and use of anecdotal instances as evidence of whatever point it is he's trying to make is probably more deserving of arm-chair pop-psych analysis than is Walker's use of the word "we".
Dirk Gutzmiller April 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
@Bob McBride - OMFG! Say what? Haters gonna hate. Why you be dissing da libby? Quid pro quo, Mr. Dude.
Bob McBride April 01, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Dirk, please reserve that kind of foul mouthed talk for your Tosa homeboys. These are real people here. Likewise, Sparky.
$$andSense April 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I got into trouble last time I posted assuming JRH was being sarcastic. Sorry JRH. Didn’t mean to step on your parade. Mea culpa. AWD Like JRH, your comments can be interpreted either way in case you didn't know. Is you posting sarcasm or an honest position? If it isn't sarcasm, then you come across as someone who has read too much of 1930's script of "leaders" such as Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. They were big into "crushing" their opponents. Their verbiage was designed to incite revolt and violence. Is that what you are working towards?
Clark April 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Again with the sarcasm suggestion? Your arguments are childish, however, to be expect from someone of your intelligence.
Walker April 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM
"despite the non-stop barrage of side show attractions being mounted by your opposition" . . . "Hoffa and the state as a whole stands with you" interesting set of glasses you view through. Admiting the state is not fully behind him as a whole but then saying it is. Interesting twist of facts.
Walker April 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
"Expectations" & reality can often be two different things. Ever met a rich Economist?
Walker April 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Used cars.
Jim Bob April 02, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Apparently Gov. Walker doesn't read the Patch. Here's what I just read about the rising unemployment rate in Wisconsin: "Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reginald J. Newson announced the preliminary February unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties on March 28th. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 6.8%, rising the third consecutive month. St. Croix’s January rate was reported at 6.1% and the December rate was 5.0%, while November’s rate was 4.9%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 7.6%...." Apparently the Patch reporters don't read the Patch either. I thought reporters where supposed to be "fair and balanced." Perhaps they should spend more time on getting the facts and less time on the St. Croix County Republican Party Facebook page.
Luke April 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Jim Bob Nelson commented <<<Wisconsin.....St. Croix....St. Croix.....St. Croix.>>> I bet Walker and those lazy Patch reporters think that Wisconsin has more than one county. What moron would think something like THAT!?!?!?
Mike April 03, 2012 at 12:18 AM
St.Croix, the business hub of Wisconsin.
Mike Knox April 03, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Stormtroopers in Dockers and Rockports. Scary. What is the battle cry, "accept affordable services or suffer our signage"?
Tom Barrett April 03, 2012 at 12:47 AM
@Luke Hey, let's agree not to get negative about this. It could be argued that Wisconsin is a county of St. Croix.
greg April 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Lets not forget Bren is hard to the left, no matter what he's says about being in the middle, Only a nutty leffty always and I mean always brings up ALEC And I would know because i'm right down the middle and can see both side
Yada yada yada... April 03, 2012 at 02:31 AM
yes, I can just sense the pent up demand of all that unemployment easing (I'm sorry, EXPLODING!!!) once that buffoon is out of office... Hoffa dude... Wasn't your old man like a big union thug himself? Hoffa the Cheerleader!! U-Ra-Ra, Sis-Boom-Ba, hit him in teh head with a kielbasa!!! Give me an H! Give me an O! Give me an F! Give me a nudder F! Give me an A! What does it spell! Brainless Walker Supporter!!!! YEAH!!!!!
Yada yada yada... April 03, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Right On, Jimmy! Right on!!! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!!! Lets all cheer like the Hoffa Buffoon!!!!
Yada yada yada... April 03, 2012 at 02:35 AM
maybe he should just start saying 'we all', and 'ya all'... If he can get that out without sounding drunk
Jim Bob April 03, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Luke, apparently you don't realize that not only doesn't the road to the White House go through Hudson, WI but the road to the state house does too. I only live in one county. That is what is important to me. Perhaps Gov Walker is not in touch with all the citizens of Wisconsin. Maybe he's more in touch with out-of-state money donors...probably the donors shipping the jobs offshore.
Victor Mooney May 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I just read every comment----and I use that term loosely---nothing really worth a response---I gotta find out who reccommended this site for intelligence, find out what his cryteria is---stop listening ----you guys need to get a life!


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