Great piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today pointing out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bogus attempt to whitewash his disatrous jobs record.
Wisconsin has the worst jobs showing in the nation under Walker, writes Marc Levine, founding director of the Center for Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Employment
shrank by 21,400 in Wisconsin between April 2011 and April 2012 - a period that nicely coincides with the first full year after passage of Walker legislation (i.e. the budget-repair bill and June 2011 budget).
This "job creation" performance, a decline of 0.8 percent, places Wisconsin dead last among the 50 states in job growth during this period. By way of contrast, employment grew nationally during the same period, by 1.4 percent-- the same national jobs growth for which Republicans such as Walker and Mitt Romney routinely castigate President Barack Obama
In contrast, even as Milwaukee "endured the Great Recession," under Mayor Tom Barrett, who is facing Walker in Tuesday's recall election,
the employment curve bent in a positive direction.
Yet as Levine writes, in a desperate attempt to "to muddle the facts about its disastrous stewardship of the economy as the recall election approaches," the Walker administration has prematurely released a set of BLS data that, upon close scrutiny, do not change the facts on Walker's sorry jobs record, because
all the available data suggest that job losses under Walker have accelerated in 2012.
Read the full article here.