Our Economy Matters

Wisconsin has Foxconn, but we are still last in the nation for startup businesses

When Governor Walker took office, he promised 250,000 new jobs in his first term. Not only has this not happened, but our economy and job growth STILL lag behind neighboring Midwest states and the nation. Poverty is at a 30 year high in WI, wages have been stagnant in our county and across the state, we haven’t invested Badgercare or in transportation, that would help people move to where the jobs are. Instead, we are going backward, by deregulating environmental protections and offering tax cuts to the top 1 percent. Haven’t we tried all this before? Nothing “trickles down”, inflation trickles up, and we are left to clean up the mess.

Rebecca Plans to:

  1. Wisconsin is dead last in the Midwest in job growth. Instead of spending millions of dollars on advertising to bring people to WI, invest that money in WI workers.
    • Increase the minimum wage.
    • Improve access to public transportation as a tool to access good jobs.
    • Provide additional funding for worker training.
  2. Remove tax breaks and loopholes that are adding to our state’s debt. Invest this money on roads, infrastructure, research and technology.
  3. Legislate realistic programs to increase worker wages: the Walker Administration brags about saving the average family of four $916 in income tax savings over 4 years. Not only is this virtually invisible paycheck to paycheck, it ignores the people who lost their jobs in the recession and never regained a livable wage. We should ensure our local and state economic development corporations are supporting local WI businesses and startups that support their workers.
  4. Let’s not put all our taxpayer “eggs” into one manufacturing “basket”. We need a diverse economy that adapts with changes.
    • Financial support for small to mid-sized companies, that add to a diverse economy and make our communities a great place to live.
    • Invest beyond manufacturing and work with universities and technical schools to help our workforce adapt to changing economies.
    • Work with insurers and drug companies to bring down the cost of healthcare. Relieving the burden of high healthcare and drug costs will put more buying power into the middle income people that fuel our economy.