Walker Job Numbers Called Into Question

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel obtained a slideshow showing Gov. Scott Walker received information that job data released over the summer, days before a special election, was questionable.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration may have inflated job numbers over the summer, just days before a special election to recall Republican senators, according to a story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Walker held a press conference in July announcing 9,500 new jobs in Wisconsin - a remarkable number considering the entire country created 18,000 jobs in July. 

The newspaper obtained a report from the state labor department calling the results "very questionable." 

James R Hoffa December 06, 2011 at 07:21 PM
@Nudy - Yeah, and the Democrats are totally different. Obama promised and campaigned on having the most transparent administration in the history of our nation. And yet, his signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, was largely hammered out behind closed doors in secret. Anyone who wants to recall Walker because of his alleged non-disclosures during his campaign regarding public sector union collective bargaining privileges should also want to see Obama impeach for perpetrating a fraud upon the American people during his campaign, right? Don't be a partisan hack!
James R Hoffa December 06, 2011 at 07:31 PM
@Resident of O.C. Paul - You raise many valid points, however, there is little that state governments can do regarding foreign competition/trade - as such falls largely within the purview of the federal government. And it doesn't help the situation when we have a President who's pushing for 'made in the U.S.A' during his jobs speech while only a couple months earlier ordering his motorcade tour busses from Canada instead of giving the multi-million dollar contract to American based Thomas Built or Bluebird, does it? How many jobs could Obama have kept here instead of giving our tax dollars and jobs to a foreign competitor? Obama = do as I say, but not as I do = HYPOCRITE!!! To answer your question, as you must have missed my earlier post, Wisconsin is still ahead in job creation by a "net 20,100 net new private-sector jobs added since Walker took office in January" according to the official numbers sanctioned by both the state and federal government.
Bren December 07, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Jay, I agree. Who owns the gigantor media conglomerates? Multinational corporations. People who watch Fox are being spoon fed Australian Rupert Murdoch's (News Corp) far right political views. News Corp in the U.K. is being investigated for hacking into crime victim and celebrities' cell phones and there could well be the same here. I can't imagine U.S. Fox viewers have been told this. This is why I read international papers. A lot of information is sanitized or withheld from the American public. They rely on us to be lazy. So please Dirk, don't believe for a moment that the U.S. media is "leftist." It takes a lot of cash to run a media empire.
mau December 07, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Why are tax credits bad but stimulus packages are good?
CowDung December 07, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Businesses also have a choice to make when they expand to create new positions. The expanded facility can be built in Wisconsin, or they can be built somewhere else. If tax incentives cause more jobs to be created in Wisconsin instead of somewhere else, I think that is a good thing and well worth it.


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