MADISON, Wis. – Rebecca Kleefisch has a fraught history with Wisconsin’s economy — during her time in office, again and again the Walker-Kleefisch administration stuffed the pockets of the wealthy and big corporations, even though small businesses are the backbone Wisconsin’s economy.
The administration gave away $366 million in cuts to multi-state corporations and $436 million in capital gains relief for the wealthy. Rebecca Kleefisch once even told a group of wealthy business executives, “We want to know how we can love you more.”
Of course, the infamous Foxconn scandal will always be a stain on Kleefisch’s record. The Walker-Kleefisch administration agreed to give Foxconn $3 billion in state tax dollars, which would have been the largest government handout to a foreign company in American history. Not only was Foxconn a business failure for Wisconsin, it represents $20 billion in lost economic growth for the state.
Governor Evers, meanwhile, has been called the most pro small business governor in the country. His Main Street Bounceback program is aiming to revitalize Main Streets across the state and has already helped over 4,200 businesses open or expand. Since Gov. Evers took office, businesses have benefitted from nearly half a billion dollars in tax cuts and over 300,000 homes and small businesses are being connected to high speed internet.
“Republican politicians only care about supporting an economy that works for the wealthy. Rebecca Kleefisch is a prime example of this,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Hannah Menchhoff. “Governor Evers has prioritized and will continue to invest in small businesses that make Wisconsin’s economy strong.”