The governor has overseen job growth, but has only netted about 15 percent of his stated goal for his first term.
Gov. Scott Walker is at the halfway mark of his first term, a term earned in part on a pointed campaign promise to create 250,000 new jobs by 2015. During his State of the State address Tuesday, Walker urged lawmakers to pass a law to spur mining in northwest Wisconsin and outlined a number of other proposals to move the jobs needle. According to Politifact, Wisconsin has netted just over 37,000 new jobs since Walker took office. It’s an increase, but still more than 212,000 away from his stated goal. Will Walker’s administration succeed in its lofty goal, or is he short on time and facing too many obstacles? Vote in our poll and discuss further in the comments.
Republican governor doubles down on goal to create 250,000 jobs by 2015 in his State of the State address, but Democrats remain skeptical.
Vowing to "put more money in the hands of the hard-working taxpayers," Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday night promised to push for middle-class tax cuts and double downed on his pledge to create 250,000 jobs by 2015. Addressing the state Legislature in his annual State of the State message, Walker acknowledged that Wisconsin is still a long way off meeting the jobs goal that he campaigned on in 2010. He noted that others have pointed out "plenty of reasons" why job creation in the state has been difficult, including the slow recovery at the national level and well as ongoing concerns about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. "But in Wisconsin, we don't make excuses... We get results," the governor said. To move in that direction, Walker urged …