Letter: Governor Walker?s performance is poor by Richard Laddusire
A number of recent articles were published about the wonders of business development and job creation under Governor Walker. Really? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce just rated Wisconsin last in the nation in short-term job growth and 45th in long-term job growth since Walker became governor. Look up the review done by the chamber on their website. The Legislative Audit Bureau just completed an audit of Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and found state laws routinely not followed, tax money used for purchases of UW-Madison football tickets and iTunes gift cards, millions of dollars in loans and money awarded to ineligible projects, and money that cannot be located. Wisconsin was 11th in jobs when Walker took over, now look at us. Where are the 250,000 jobs promised by Walker? He said to judge him by his performance. Both Illinois and Minnesota have better job markets than Wisconsin.
Where is the righteous indignation from fiscal conservatives when Walker is again proposing the largest budget in state history? Big Republican government spending as usual. Don’t believe me? Then look it up. His proposed budget is about $70 billion, his previous budget was about $68 billion and the budget under Governor Doyle was $66 billion. Where is the money going? Not to property tax relief for us in northern Wisconsin. I wonder how can anyone give Walker a passing grade for this performance?
Richard Laddusire, Rhinelander