MADISON – Today, Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Schools and Democratic candidate for Governor, introduced a new online video called “Walker’s First Broken Promise” which highlights one of the biggest failures of Scott Walker’s economy – his broken campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. The video is the first of a daily month-long countdown by Evers to shine a light on the real Walker economy which benefits his rich campaign donors and continues to hurt Wisconsin’s shrinking middle class.
“As an educator who has taught kids that 2 + 2 = 4, I’m not familiar with the misleading Madison math that Scott Walker uses to hide the truth about Wisconsin’s struggling economy. He promised 250,000 jobs and failed to deliver. Wages are down, manufacturing jobs are still leaving the state, and our infrastructure is falling apart. Most working families are bringing home less in pay while our small businesses, the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy, have been forgotten as Walker gives big foreign corporations $3 billion checks. As I go around the state, people keep asking me, “what about us?” Evers said.
Walker’s failed jobs pledge was banking on success from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), an agency created by the Governor to replace the Department of Commerce in 2011. Audits revealed WEDC lost track of millions in taxpayer dollars, gave loans to CEOs who used the money to buy luxury cars, and has been unable to substantiate its claims of job creation and retention. Meanwhile, Wisconsin is dead last in new businesses created.
“After seven years of broken promises and mismanagement, it is clear that the Walker way is the wrong way. Instead of giving checks to foreign corporations, we should be investing in our local public schools, technical colleges and universities to develop the skilled workforce Wisconsin needs to bring new employers to our state,” Evers commented. “Under Governor Walker, we have spent billions of dollars giving big tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires and foreign corporations, and the good-paying jobs have just not appeared as much as we’ve wanted. The rich have gotten richer, middle class families are paying more and young people are leaving our state in droves. I will invest in the people of this state and bring back responsible leadership to Madison.”
The Evers campaign will be releasing a new graphic on his Facebook and Twitter accounts every single day moving forward for the month of October. Stay tuned!