Skip to comments.The Wisconsin Boom
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 Walkers 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 Wisconsins 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 Marchthe first time it has done so in two years.
Wisconsin property taxes have fallen for the first time in 12 years. The states 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.
Quinns 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 bouncea 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. Theyre 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.
Youve gotten some positive results, but more importantly, the sky didnt fall, American Enterprise Institute scholar Andrew Biggs said in an interview with the Free Beacon. The schools opened, the teachers didnt get laid off, the kids kept learning.
The Wisconsin State Journal recently surveyed Dane Countys 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 Walkers 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 theyre hemorrhaging jobs, Schneider said.
The recall elections will cost Wisconsin approximately $16 million dollars, according to the state Government Accountability Board.
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Wisconsin in 2012 may be the place the Unions broke their teeth going against economic sanity.
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State economy soars after collective bargaining fight
He wasn't uncontested...why is the truth so difficult for "journalists"?
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.”
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.
Scott Walker for President.
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.
Scott Walker = The kind of Republican this country needs.
Mitt Romney = The kind it doesn’t.
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”
Wisconsin should put a surtax on wages paid to union execs to recoup costs of the recalls.
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.
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.
>>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.
“Okay, Falk did not carry Dane county. Why?”
Must be that “war against women” thingy the Democrats keep talkin’ about.
God bless and protect Scott Walker - he has offered up a beautiful contrast between Conservatism and Liberalism, in real time.
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