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The Wisconsin Boom
The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5-10-12 | CJ Ciaramilla

Posted on 05/10/2012 6:14:14 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Wisconsin has pulled back from the brink of fiscal insolvency after Governor Scott Walker’s collective bargaining and budget reforms, despite doomsday warnings of fiscal disaster.

Neighboring Illinois, whose Democratic governor opted for tax hikes, has not fared as well.

Wisconsin voters appear happy with Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s economic resurgence. Gov. Walker got 626,538 votes in his May 8 uncontested recall primary, more than the two main Democratic candidates combined.

That total is also more than all the GOP candidates combined in the contested 2010 GOP primary, as well as the highest voter turnout for a gubernatorial primary in 60 years.

Unemployment has dropped from 7.7 percent to 6.8 percent since Walker took office. Unemployment in neighboring Illinois, however, only dropped below 9 percent in March—the first time it has done so in two years.

Wisconsin property taxes have fallen for the first time in 12 years. The state’s adult debt per capita is roughly $687. Illinois’ is about $853.

The two states took divergent paths in 2010 in dealing with looming fiscal insolvency. While Walker pushed spending cuts and public sector reforms, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the state legislature floated $7 billion in new taxes, including a 67 percent individual income tax increase and a 46 percent corporate tax increase.

“Quinn’s reasoning was that was going to turn Illinois around, pay its bills, and become fiscally solvent again,” Ted Dabrowski of the Illinois Policy Institute told the Free Beacon. “A year later, we have $9 billion in unpaid bills. We have the worst credit rating in the nation, downgraded below California. We have $2 billion in unpaid Medicaid bills, and our pension obligations are eating up funds that should be going to public safety and schools.”

More than $5 billion of the $7 billion raised by new taxes went to paying down pension obligations, said Christian Schneider, a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.

“All that new revenue, and almost none of it goes to hiring new teachers or helping the poor or the sick,” Schneider said. “It has no benefit to the state whatsoever.”

There has been some good news for the Prairie State. Job-growth in Illinois has spiked in recent months. The state gained 32,000 jobs in the 12 months ending in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Wisconsin lost 16,900.

Dabrowski said the job-growth numbers were encouraging but that it was likely what economists call a “dead cat bounce”—a brief rise after a severe decline.

Illinois also has a much larger economy than Wisconsin, which lacks an industrial center such as Chicago.

“Democrats are out there beating Walker up, saying the state has lost jobs,” Schneider said. “But Democrats just voted against a mine in northern Wisconsin that would have created jobs. They’re rooting for things to be as bad as possible.”

Meanwhile, Wisconsin managed to eliminate its deficit while not decimating public schools, contrary to the predictions of many opposing Walker.

“You’ve gotten some positive results, but more importantly, the sky didn’t fall,” American Enterprise Institute scholar Andrew Biggs said in an interview with the Free Beacon. “The schools opened, the teachers didn’t get laid off, the kids kept learning.”

The Wisconsin State Journal recently surveyed Dane County’s 16 main school districts on preliminary non-renewal notices and found that only two full-time and seven part-time employees had been laid off.

School districts have saved $211 per student from competitive bidding, according to Schneider, adding up to nearly $200 million in savings statewide.

“The only schools that are losing jobs are those that chose not to implement the changes,” Schneider said.

For example, the Kenosha School District requested an extra three months to negotiate with its teachers union before Walker’s reforms went into effect. The window was granted, but the teachers union rejected the proposal.

The district now faces a $28 million budget deficit and the possible elimination of 300 jobs, a Kenosha spokesman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“They ran back to the negotiating table before the changes went into effect, and now they’re hemorrhaging jobs,” Schneider said.

The recall elections will cost Wisconsin approximately $16 million dollars, according to the state Government Accountability Board.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: economy; jobs; recall; walker

1 posted on 05/10/2012 6:14:24 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; ...

Wisconsin roars back ping

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 05/10/2012 6:15:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wisconsin in 2012 may be the place the Unions broke their teeth going against economic sanity.


3 posted on 05/10/2012 6:16:42 PM PDT by AU72
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To: afraidfortherepublic

on wisconsin, on wisconsin, grand old badger state


4 posted on 05/10/2012 6:16:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

State economy soars after collective bargaining fight

5 posted on 05/10/2012 6:18:53 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Gov. Walker got 626,538 votes in his May 8 uncontested recall primary"

He wasn't uncontested...why is the truth so difficult for "journalists"?

6 posted on 05/10/2012 6:21:17 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Need to change the motto of Wisconsin to “The Union Attitude Adjustment State.” Now a bunch more need to see the light and get on board. As Barack Obama is now taking credit for the saying, “Change takes time.”


7 posted on 05/10/2012 6:21:56 PM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I have a solution.

Make Michigan and Illinois the only states that encourage or condone union labor; then offer every union thug to either relinquish and denounce union membership or move there.

8 posted on 05/10/2012 6:24:50 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Scott Walker for President.


9 posted on 05/10/2012 6:25:09 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I have a solution.

Make Michigan and Illinois the only states that encourage or condone union labor; then offer every union thug the opportunity to either relinquish and denounce union membership or move there.

10 posted on 05/10/2012 6:25:56 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Scott Walker = The kind of Republican this country needs.

Mitt Romney = The kind it doesn’t.


11 posted on 05/10/2012 6:26:10 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; All

I can’t wait to vote for Governor Walker again.

Falk didn’t even win Dane County!!! LOSER!

Allow me to repost the video you posted recently.

“My Governor’s A Jedi”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C9ZO1mt-dE


12 posted on 05/10/2012 6:28:05 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wisconsin should put a surtax on wages paid to union execs to recoup costs of the recalls.


13 posted on 05/10/2012 6:28:43 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Here is what Wisconsin voters have to look forward to if they choose the unions over Walker.

How Much Do You Owe Government Workers?

14 posted on 05/10/2012 6:40:03 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (With choices like Palin, Cain, and Bachmann, what could go wrong? Now we know.)
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To: Harley
As Barack Obama is now taking credit for the saying, “Change takes time.”

This would be a great thing to slap The Won with! A bumper sticker that reads, "Change takes time? It didn't in Wisconsin."
15 posted on 05/10/2012 6:42:01 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

From what I was expecting, it seems like the auto-deduction of dues from people’s paycheck ending is a tremendous cash injection into WI economy.

No liberal can honestly appraise this situation and continue to live with itself. There ought to be an econ class documenting this within the next year or so.


16 posted on 05/10/2012 7:09:27 PM PDT by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: TheConservativeParty
Okay, Falk did not carry Dane county. Why?

One reason, the suburbs north of Madison are not moonbat
country. I must say I was surprised she did so poorly, especially in Dane county. With all the money she had,
I thought the election would be closer.

17 posted on 05/10/2012 8:37:02 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Maine Mariner

>>Okay, Falk did not carry Dane county. Why?<<

I think the Dems generally decided to vote for the candidate that was polling the best against Walker. The union issue is not working out the way they planned; it’s now Walker’s issue, not the Dem’s.

By the way, while Walker outpolled Barrett and Falk combined, it’s even a little better than that. A lot of us voted for Falk instead of Walker because we wanted Falk to be the candidate since she was polling weaker than Barrett. It was an open primary, so we could vote in either the Dem or Rep primary.

I would guess, and it’s purely a guess, that at least 10% of Falk’s votes came from Republicans (mine included.) Virtually all of those votes are going to shift to the Republican side of the ballot in June. That would be a swing of 40-50,000 votes if my 10% guess is correct.


18 posted on 05/10/2012 9:03:57 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Maine Mariner

“Okay, Falk did not carry Dane county. Why?”

____________________________________________

Must be that “war against women” thingy the Democrats keep talkin’ about.


19 posted on 05/10/2012 9:05:19 PM PDT by ThE_RiPpEr.
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To: afraidfortherepublic

God bless and protect Scott Walker - he has offered up a beautiful contrast between Conservatism and Liberalism, in real time.


20 posted on 05/11/2012 3:56:39 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: trebb

Thank you. He and his family need all of our prayers. He is under threat every day from the crazies.


21 posted on 05/11/2012 4:13:43 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Maine Mariner

Everyone I’ve talked to here (in rural Dane) is LOL-ing that Falk lost Dane County.

I told another friend today and he really had a good laugh over it. I was surprised he didn’t already know about Falk the loser.

I heard analysis by Mark Belling on this the day after the primary. He thinks a lot of dems bailed out on Falk and voted for Barrett because they know Falk is the weakest candidate. They like the moonbat Falk better but just couldn’t vote for her.

I got a call from Falk’s campaign weeks ago. The woman calling asked “Do you support Kathleen Falk?”. I held back my laughter.

Can’t wait to vote again on June 5th!

I am seeing tons of Walker support signs as I drive in Dane,Jefferson,Waukesha and Rock counties. Very few anti-Walker signs.

Good times ahead, wailing and tantrums by the lefties coming soon!

Cheers


22 posted on 05/11/2012 5:06:26 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
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