“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.
2008-07-23 Will Low Taxes on Business Make the State's Economy Grow?
2014-02-12 Free 2 year and Tech College Tuition
2008-09-17 Living in a Changing Work World Part Three: Investing in Education
2014-08-26 Improve the Economy? Get Money in People's Pockets
2009-02-22 We Pay More When They Don't Pay Anything
2015-03-03 Economic Development $$$ Grow - Public Oversight Shrinks
2009-09-07 Remembering "Mother"
2015-04-29 A Business Owes Nothing in Taxes and Gets a State Check?
2011-01-26 Putting the Cookie Jar in a Dark Pantry With a Sign on the Closed Door: Trust Us
2015-11-30 Changes for Work and Workers in Gig Economy
2011-03-02 Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg
2016-08-16 Where Did All That Money Go? Business Tax Credits Pile Up
2011-09-14 Bills to Create Jobs? Let's Learn From Our Mistakes
2016-10-04 Taking Credit for the Sun Coming Up
2017-02-21 Searching for the "Reform Dividend": Locals Ask Is 'New' Money Real?
2012-06-18 Audit: Evidence Lacking on Job Creation Programs
2017-03-13 Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal
2012-07-02 Fix Health Care, Grow Jobs
2017-05-14 AUDIT: WEDC Cannot be Certain of Any Jobs Created or Retained
2018-02-14 Moving Broadband Forward
2013-12-09 It's Time to Raise The Minimum Wage