Gov. Scott Walker Shrugs Off 10,000 layoff notices in 2015
It's a new year, but unfortunately for families in our state, Wisconsin is facing more of the same economic turmoil from the previous year. This week, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced Wisconsin surpassed 10,000 planned layoffs in 2015 as a result of plant closings and economic challenges. When asked about the terrible news, Governor Scott Walker shrugged off the fact that over 10,000 jobs were lost in one year, commenting “Notices are one thing, actual jobs are a different thing.”
"It's an outright shame that our state lost over 10,000 jobs last year and Governor Walker only adds insult to injury for Wisconsin families by dismissing what can only be described as an economic crisis," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said on Wednesday. "Now is not the time for Republican leadership to turn a blind eye to the realities of everyday Wisconsinites. It's time to reach across the aisle and work with Democrat's commonsense proposals to improve our state's economic conditions."
Not understanding the urgency of the economic crisis in Wisconsin has been a hallmark of the Walker Administration since taking power in 2010. Walker failed to add a quarter of a million jobs by 2014 as promised during is 2010 campaign, and his flagship jobs agency Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has been an unmitigated disaster since its inception. Marred by controversial audits highlighting mismanaged funds and a lack of oversight for distributed loans, WEDC has made more headlines for its failures than its job creation successes.
The time is now for Republicans to open their eyes and work with Democrats to invest in a forward looking agenda that promotes growth, innovation, and opportunity for all Wisconsities. Last month, Senator Jen Shilling unvield the Badger Blueprint in hopes of providing a roadmap for Republican leadership to abandon the failed ideas of the past five years and enbrace an agenda to move Wisconsin forward in 2016.