KATHLEEN VINEHOUT
PEOPLE FIRST

ECONOMY AND JOBS

“Study after study demonstrates people want to live and businesses want to locate where there are great schools, good transportation, safe streets, recreation opportunities, clean air and water, and amenities—all things that are the traditional jobs of the public sector. If the public sector does these things well, does its own job well, our communities will thrive, businesses will locate, jobs will come.”
–Kathleen Vinehout

 

The governor doesn’t create jobs. The state doesn’t create jobs. Giving tax breaks and cash payments to corporations doesn’t create jobs. This administration has tried that and it doesn’t work. The Republican theory is that the private sector will grow when taxes are low and there are no regulations – trickle-down economics. That hasn’t worked.

Wisconsin has spent hundreds of millions of dollars luring corporations. Environmental and other regulations were gutted. What are the results? We still don’t have the 250,000 new jobs promised eight years ago. Wisconsin is behind: we recovered from the recession one full year after the nation did, and two years after Minnesota.

What the state can do is create an environment in which the private sector thrives.

Over the last 3.5 years Eau Claire has added 3,000 jobs – the same number promised by Foxconn. And it didn’t cost the state $3 billion. The companies that started in Eau Claire said they came because of good schools, a quality university, efficient transportation, recreation, arts – just a good place to live.  The public sector should be focused on enriching the economic soil so that all plants can start and grow, not just the few selected by our political leaders.

 

Read More About This Topic in Kathleen's Columns

 

2008-07-23 Will Low Taxes on Business Make the State's Economy Grow?

2013-05-08 Open the Pantry Door and Shine Light on Economic Development Programs

2008-09-17 Living in a Changing  Work World Part Three: Investing in Education

2013-12-09 It's Time to Raise The Minimum Wage

2009-02-22 We Pay More When They Don't Pay Anything

2014-02-12 Free 2 year and Tech College Tuition

2009-09-07 Remembering "Mother"

2014-08-26 Improve the Economy? Get Money in People's Pockets

2011-01-26 Putting the Cookie Jar in a Dark Pantry With a Sign on the Closed Door: Trust Us

2015-03-03 Economic Development $$$ Grow - Public Oversight Shrinks

2011-03-02 Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg

2015-04-29 A Business Owes Nothing in Taxes and Gets a State Check?

2011-09-14 Bills to Create Jobs? Let's Learn From Our Mistakes

2015-11-30 Changes for Work and Workers in Gig Economy

2012-04-04 Investing In Our Human Potential Yields the Biggest Returns

2016-08-16 Where Did All That Money Go? Business Tax Credits Pile Up

2012-06-18 Audit: Evidence Lacking on Job Creation Programs

2016-10-04 Taking Credit for the Sun Coming Up

2012-07-02 Fix Health Care, Grow Jobs

2017-02-21 Searching for the "Reform Dividend": Locals Ask Is 'New' Money Real?

2012-10-24 WEDC Hid Lost Loans From Audit Committee

2017-03-13 Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal

2013-02-11 How Good Are Claims About Metal Mining Jobs?

2017-05-14 AUDIT: WEDC Cannot be Certain of Any Jobs Created or Retained

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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