One year ago on Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) — who is the subject of a recall effort — signed into law his high-profile union-busting bill. As he was preparing to sign the bill last year, Walker said that the law would help boost job creation in Wisconsin. “Moving forward the hard-working, professional public sector employees who show up to work every day and do an excellent job will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs,” Walker said.
However, reality hasn’t been as kind as Walker’s rhetoric:
Wisconsin added thousands of jobs in January but Gov. Scott Walker is still far off pace for delivering on his promise to create 250,000 new private-sector positions by the end of his first term, according to state labor data released Thursday…The data shows Wisconsin added only 6,000 private sector jobs overall during the first 13 months of Walker’s administration, putting him on pace to create only 24,000 jobs by 2014. The governor issued a statement conceding there’s “a lot of work ahead of us.”
Not only has Walker’s union-busting law not led to the job growth he promised, but it also hasn’t led to the sort of budget savings he’d estimated. In fact, Wisconsin school administrators lambasted Walker for saying that school districts were in good financial shape after he signed the union-busting bill. “Contrary to news reports, school districts are not in good financial shape so whoever is saying that, it is not accurate,” said Greenfield School District Administrator Conrad Farner.
In addition, the argument can be made that the jobs Wisconsin did add while Walker was governor all came while his predecessor’s budget was still in effect.