Gov. Scott Walker promised his State of the State address would provide "updates on the progress our state has made over the last year and on our positive fiscal and economic outlooks.”

But, like most of the governor’s promises, this was a commitment the governor would not keep.

Instead, his third State of the State address was an empty recitation of talking points the governor memorized before his 2010 run for the state’s top job.

Walker has no new ideas, just old proposals for despoiling the environment, gutting public services and establishing “voucher” programs to stream public money into the coffers of the education hucksters who fund his campaigns.

Walker's own budget policies assured that he would not -- indeed, could not -- provide positive fiscal and economic outlooks for Wisconsin.

The governor has used accounting gimmicks to "balance" the state budget so precariously that even his fellow Republicans have doubts about his numbers.

The scandals surrounding Walker's "Wisconsin Economic Development Corp." provide a taste of what is in store. The governor and his cronies have played so many games with the budget that no one who is serious about financial issues trusts the numbers he is peddling.

This provides a partial explanation for why job growth is stagnant in the state, which now ranks No. 42 in job creation -- far behind neighboring states and the national average.

The other part of the explanation for the weakening of the state's economic outlook under Walker can be summed up in a word: "chaos." The governor and his allies have attacked collective bargaining agreements, passed laws without respect for the state or federal constitutions, and undercut funding of vital state and local public services and public education. This has caused deep divisions in communities across the state, wrangling on city councils, village boards, town boards and school boards, and myriad court battles.

In the chaotic circumstance of Scott Walker's Wisconsin, where there is so little regard for the rule of law, for sound budgeting, for public services and public education, the "State of the State" is not good.

For Walker to suggest otherwise is either dishonest or delusional. Or both.

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Lynne4300

Time to pass Right to Work.

Hokie

Walker is an embarassment to the the State of Wisconsin, as are the people that voted for him.

Scooters Conscience

We all got to hear my ego's State of the State address, where he laid out his version of reality. In a speech filled with fluffy rhetoric that glossed over details, my ego came before us trying to yet again sell his message that "We are heading in the right direction. We are moving Wisconsin forward." But we've heard this song and dance before. And after two years, the reality is that the facts are piling up against him.

The non-partisan fact-checking organization PolitiFact reports that only 37,011 jobs have been created in Wisconsin under Scott Walker’s leadership, and new data shows Wisconsin has actually fallen to 42nd nationally when it comes to private sector job creation.

What's worse, Lisa Johnson, vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation with Walker’s scandal-ridden Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) told The Capitol Times that, when it comes to a leading economic indicator ranking Wisconsin 47th in the nation, “We suck. We’re bad.” Is this what my ego means by "heading in the right direction?"

If Wisconsin is ever going to recover, we, as citizens, cannot allow my ego to do more damage than he already has. Say no to him in 2014.

pete
pete

I lovewis said: "The last economic reports out of Calif. sound very good." Really???


$620 billion of unfunded liabilities for pensions/healthcare over the next decade -

From USA Today 2012: "School districts sent out 20,000 warning notices in March — the fourth consecutive year of mass cuts due to continued state funding shortfalls,

"This is a process that doesn't need to be happening," said Warren Fletcher, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers union for the Los Angeles Unified School District where 9,500 educators received layoff notices in March."

Oh yea, they say they have balanced their budget - largely due to the huge tax increase that passed and only if projections come true. If that's your barometer then Walker's budget outlook of a surplus must make you jump up and down with joy!


pete
pete

lowden said: "A Japanese firm is busy building railcars not far away in Rochelle Illinois, which also is a major transportation hub."

I love when people attempt to point out IL as a success story.

tomtom33
tomtom33

That is kind of like the Cuban paladar story. When the USSR dissolved, Cuba nearly sank. One of the things Fidel did was to allow limited private enterprise. A paladar was a private restaurant. There were a lot of limitations(like number of tables) and a lot of taxes. But many succeeded. I ate at one in Havana in 2004. The crocodile was excellent. Unfortunately 2004 was one of the last years for paladars. Fidel decided to eliminate them.

pete
pete

i lovewis said: " I can't imagine how you can argue against the development of high speed internet and Walker also turned down a few million dollars to improve that service in Wis."

The township where I live got federal money for fiber optic. We voted on it, paid for the grant writing services as a town and the service provider stepped up huge as far as their contribution was concerned and we got the grant. Scott Walker's name was never mentioned. What prevented these other communities from doing the same? Did AT&T step up or were they waiting for the state to do all the dirty work only to come in afterwards to make their money?

meredithrobert3

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JJBrown
JJBrown

This is a very well written article. Walker portrays himself as a man for the people. It appears the ONLY people he truly represents are the Billionaire's that funnel Millions into Walker's Campaigns...Walker raised $37 million for the recall election. Those ads that ran on TV...were very MISLEADING....In May of 2012, a video was released of a January 18, 2011 conversation with Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks about creating a red state, wherein he states he is going to "divide and conquer" unions.As a strategy against unions, starting first with a "budget adjustment bill" applying to public workers. She gave Walker $500,000 on April 12, 2012 and $10,000 on January 31, 2011, making her his single biggest contributor. Hendricks has given money to Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Tommy Thompson and the Republican National Committee and is worth an estimated $2.8 billion...Just another thing that makes ya go Hmmmm. JOBS?? What does Walker's actions tell YOU???

bro

Dode, To continue to blame Obama for our problems in Wisconsin is ridiculus. Our economy in Wisconsin is pathetic when compared to almost every other state. Please explain this.
In reality, we are dragging down the rest of the nation. Since economic growth was Walker's goal and promise,you should be enraged at where we are at. The state of mass chaos this clown has left our schools in will destroy our economy for years down the road. His corruption with WEDC has cost us millions. If the Walkerites do not decide to correct this path soon, this state will be economically screwed for decades. Eat your crow now because if you don't there will be nothing left.

Dode
Dode

That's a load of BS. All the states, with few exceptions, are struggling with employment numbers. The east and west coasts, with states run by liberals, are the ones really dragging our economy down. I'd love it if Wisconsin had the power to have a major effect on the economies of the other states. But we are not a major industrial center anymore, so that will never happen.

Nav

And these things were not known by candidate Scott Walker when he was promising Wisconsin voters that he would create 250,000 jobs? The Republicans can't have it both ways?

tomtom33
tomtom33

Obama claims that he misread the depth of our problems. Isn't it possible that Walker did also?

I lovewis

When Obama ran for POTUS in 2007 he accepted the current assesment of where the economy stood. The actual state of the economy was much worse. When Walker ran for governor 2 years later we all knew just how bad the economy really was. With the job numbers improving the way they are across the country that promise of 250,000 jobs should have been a piece of cake for Walker, instead he messed it up by causing turmoil and taking a few million dollars out of the hands of Wis citizens and taking money out of education and job training. You can argue about the wisdom of that high speed train but you cannot say that it did not cost us jobs. I can't imagine how you can argue against the development of high speed internet and Walker also turned down a few million dollars to improve that service in Wis. I have neighbors in Northern Wis that can only get dial-up (do you remember what that is) and family in central Wis. that can only get dial-up.

I lovewis

The last economic reports out of Calif. sound very good.

tomtom33
tomtom33

You mean that there is a slight chance that they will not go bankrupt?

tomtom33
tomtom33

Our economy is pathetic when compared to almost every other State. Yet we are substantially below the national unemployment rate.

Nav

Nice try Tomtom33. As I recall, however, candidate Scott Walker promised the voters of Wisconsin that he would create 250,000, and he is nowhere near that. That, and some of his other policies, is what the voters will keep in mind during 2014 election.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Government does not create jobs. Government can, however, create an environment that fosters job growth. Walker has done that even though the public employee unions dampened that environment somewhat. The rest is basically up to the world economy.

My guess is that the world economy will be perking before Walker comes up for election. That will bode well for Walker.

I lovewis

This wisdom that the government cannot create jobs is nothing but a republican talking point. If the state of Wis. takes $5000 from me in taxes and pays a worker's salary with it that worker will then buy gas and food and clothes etc.----That has to be a whole lot better way to create jobs than if I spend that $5000 buying foreighn made products.- When there is talk of cutting defense spending many republican leaders are quick to admit that the government does indeed create jobs.

tomtom33
tomtom33

How about this, I love, the government cannot create private sector jobs. We cannot afford any more government jobs.

We have been in a world economy for decades. That is not going to change.

We can foster job growth in WI and in the US by setting appropriate levels of taxation and by curtailing government regulations.

Scooters Conscience

Because the unemployed have left for greener pastures in other states. That's what happens when my ego is in charge. I feel really bad about that, but I always find a way to rationalize my actions and still call my self a "christian".

Dode
Dode

When Present 0bama gives his state of the union speech, will CT headlines read : State of 0bama's country on life support, fading fast? That is about where we are. Now Zero wants to run us another 2 trillion into the hole without any clue of how those children surrounding him today are going to pay for his spending spree.

knittingnancy

Walker and the republicans in the legislature have had two years to at least try to turn the state into one of increasing employment and better schools, etc. They have sent us backward and no idiotic blaming of previous governors or Obama has one whit to do with the lack of performance of Wisconsin republicans, so forget about it. Walker clearly has no answers and if gerrymandering can be overcome by sane voters, he will be gone in two years. Meanwhile, what do some real thinkers figure can be done to keep us from going from 42 to 50?

aspyder

What does gerrymandering have to do with the governor getting elected? He's elected in a STATEWIDE election, not by district.

I keep hearing the 42 number. Where were we when he took office, 50?

Nav

Aspyder, perhaps you forgot the fact that during the recall election, people voted for Governor Walker not because they necessarily supported his policies, but because they thought recalling a Governor so soon was not fair. Your argument would be much more solid if they re-elect him in 2014, which I think is highly unlikely because the Governor has not done much of anything but divided the state.

AllAmerican11B
AllAmerican11B

Nav,
"perhaps you forgot the fact that during the recall election, people voted for Governor Walker not because they necessarily supported his policies, but because they thought recalling a Governor so soon was not fair."

I've heard this exit poll argument spewed out by anti-Walker people a number of times, it's nothing but a lame excuse and complete nonsense!!! You are essentially stating that even people that hated Walker's policies voted to keep him in office, yeah right!! Well Mr. Nav, you have stated that you don't like Walker's policies, did YOU vote for him in the recall so he could "finish his term"?

Maybe if there had been a HUGE 25%-30% difference in the two elections he won I would entertain and even agree with that argument. The margin was a "little" larger the second time around but there was clearly no mandate to support a claim that people that hated his policies voted for Walker just because they though he should finish his term.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

Another fact that you missed is one that I witnessed. I had people sign the recall petition and later vote for the weasel because "Bubba" down the road convinced them that Barrett would take his guns. Absolute fact - MONEY and LIES is what put Walker back in. Nothing else.

I lovewis

The 42 number is not that we are 42 in how many jobs we have. The 42 number is number 42 in job growth. That is a current happening and has nothing to do with where we were 2 years ago. In Wis. the jobs picture has improved but in the time of this study there are 41 states that have done better.

Nav

The state of the State CLEARLY not good, and the people of Wisconsin know it. Who really believes that the Governor has now, all of a sudden turned bi-partisan? Are you kidding me?

The truth is that our Governor has done virtually nothing that helps Wisconsin, and many of the policies he has implemented hurt Wisconsinites. Deep cuts in education, inability to create good jobs, war on women, playing games with Medicaid, the list goes on. I think people will be hearing a LOT of this in the next two years

tomtom33
tomtom33

It is not good, neither is the state of the US nor the state of the world.

The truth is that you wouldn't know truth if it bit you in the nose.

Nav

Tomtom33, you are so good at trying to create confusion among those who read these blogs. THIS article is about WISCONSIN, and IT's Governor who is Scott Walker. If you would like to defend him and his policies, please do so. But please do not justify the poor state of Wisconsin with factors that have little to do with the state and how it is run.

Do you NOT recall how candidate promised the voters of Wisconsin how he would create policies that were friendly to businesses and how they would flock to Wisconsin. Has that happened??? I can't HEAR youuuuuuuu?

tomtom33
tomtom33

That cannot happen when the world is barely recovering from recession. WI is not and never has been an island. We are part of the US, and the US is part of the world.

WI never has been an economic powerhouse. Our position as a high tax, high regulation State has not allowed that. We were in that position well before Walker.

I lovewis

The new congress is back in session and the new mining bill is out. At this time it seems that this is the plan to create jobs. What this bill does is to remove environmental restrictions from mining companies. Nav and tomtom33 and myself need to abide by these restrictions BUT mining companies with huge machines and trucks the size of houses can move dirt around and put it in places that for years have been off limits. disrupt the flow of streams----maybe fill a small lake----so what

Beingbucky
Beingbucky

"The best thing government can do is get out of the way for all of us" is not a fact; it Is an opinion. When I think of what building codes, licensing, law enforcement, libraries and public education do for all of us, I have to disagree with that opinion. Walker's bright idea of getting rid of GFI safety requirements fits your "fact" perfectly but not so much real life, where it would have been a disaster. I want strong building codes, just as one example of where I don't want government getting out of the way. A recent stay in China made me thankful we have those codes here in the U. S.

Fartinthewind
Fartinthewind

You are right Bucky. Slogans are superficial.

Cheezer
Cheezer

Aside from the leftie loonies in Madison, I'd say we are doing quite well....thanks for asking!

POGO

To tomtom33, if you don't agree with the facts blame the messenger. You are right, the real work is done in the legislature, like breaking unions, giving walker the ability to award no bid contracts. Until Wisconsin voters realize that outside money is buying their votes, nothing will change. As my beloved name sake, the oh so wise Pogo, once said, "We have met the enemy, and the enemy is us!" Walker is just part of the problem, right wing ideologues are the other.

tomtom33
tomtom33

The facts are that the best thing the government can do for all of us is to get out of the way. Neither party is more culpable than the other. Right-wingers are no more at fault than left-wingers. People who can't see that are indeed the problem.

koala

Please, leave Wisconsin and go live in Burkina Faso, or Mali, or some other libertarian's (read: fool's) "paradise" where the government doesn't get in your way. Send us a post card about how you enjoy that nice unregulated water and food, bogus medicines, buildings that crash down on your head because there's no building code, no is forced to buy auto or health insurance, or have a driver's license, or has to be worried about the police ... because there aren't any, at least in your neighborhood. tom-tom, you're not a fool, so why do you keep repeating this absurd and naive libertarian pablum?

Liberalsmakesense

Government "get out of the way" so that anarchy prevails? Do you want to live like cavemen? Can you name me another country where the people want the Government to just get out of the way? What kind of a perspective is that?

tomtom33
tomtom33

I never advocated for no government. There are certain things that must be done by government. For the most part regulation is not needed. The marketplace regulates itself very efficiently. Companies cannot thrive selling inferior products nor can they survive by cheating customers. Companies that do not treat their employees well will not thrive either.

More government is not the answer. Look at the USSR(in the rear view mirror), Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela. They have(had) nearly total government control over everything.

Nav

Do people who talk about the Government "getting out of the way" really think about what they are saying? Have they ever read the document they so freely claim sides with their point of view. For their benefit, let me remind them how our Constitution starts out.

"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty, do ordain, and establish this Constitution for the United States of America"

Then, the Constitution proceeds to set up a GOVERNMENT and its structure.

So all this talk about wanting the Government "getting out of the way" is totally ludicrous and completely based on purely selfish interests so that people can do WHATEVER they want without ANY regulation under the pretext of "liberty".

NO where in the Constitution does it say that the role of the Government would be minor, or its size small, or its clearly stated powers debatable.

wisconsineye

Why does this article read like it was written several days ago?

Liberalsmakesense

If it is factual, what difference does it make?

Lowden

Some people appreciate Scott Walker's decisions leading to job growth, just NOT Wisconsin jobs!
That wind farm was shelved thanks to anti-wind energy Gov. Scott Walker's bill to sharply curtail wind development.

Talgo will NOT be building more train cars for Wisconsin and will NOT hire over one hundred skilled workers. A new location still is not set.

""Talgo has substantially completed the trains under its contract, but the state has arbitrarily decided not to put the trains in service and has refused to pay Talgo the millions of dollars that it still owes," Madison, Wisconsin-based, Cullen Weston Pines & Bach LLP, which is representing Talgo, said in a statement. "Talgo has filed a lawsuit in Dane County against governor Mr Scott Walker and secretary of transportation Mr Mark Gottlieb, asking the court to review the State's course of conduct, determine that the State defaulted on the contract, and rule that Talgo properly terminated it."

"I don't see how any company would in the future choose to do business with the State of Wisconsin when the State has shown that it cannot be trusted to honour contracts that it signed," Perez says."
http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/main-line/talgo-files-lawsuit-against-state-of-wisconsin.html

A Japanese firm is busy building railcars not far away in Rochelle Illinois, which also is a major transportation hub.

Way to go Scott Walker.

tomtom33
tomtom33

And the pounding continues unabated by our friends at the CT. Objectivity was never your long suit. How about comparing State of the State speeches given in the last 20 years? How would you rate SoS from Democrats versus Republicans?

The real work is done in the legislature. It really doesn't matter what any politician from either party wishes for.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

You think THIS is a pounding? Head on over to the sports pages and see what Packer fans think of Dom Capers. And HE'S a guy who has tangible successes to point to as well as the walloping big failure in San Francisco.

Liberalsmakesense

Tomtom33, what YOU view is pounding, some see as educating the voters of Wisconsin who will decide on 2014 if they want to re-elect Governor Walker. The Governor has a very weal record thus far, and it does not look like its going to improve much. The people of Wisconsin cannot be fooled again.

tomtom666

Scott Walker = Liar

bajaskier

If Scott Walker = Liar, then what does Jim Doyle =? Scott Walker x10?

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