Wisconsin Lags Behind Other States to Create Jobs

Governor Scott Walker is best known for effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers and becoming the first governor in U.S. History to survive a recall election, but now Walker's bid for re-election may hinge on something he didn't do.

Walker promised in 2010 that over four years, the state would add 250,000 private sector jobs. More than three years into his term, Walker is falling far short of fulfilling the pledge.

Although the post-recession recovery is adding jobs here, Wisconsin is lagging behind all but one of nine Midwest states in that category.

Gubernatorial candidate mary burke is sharing her plans if elected. She toured water and wastewater lab equipment supplier, North Central Labs on Tuesday.

Strong industry clusters is one of five core strategies of her "Invest for Success" job plan. She said public policy and economic development need to be aligned around Wisconsin's booming clusters such as water.

"A lot of the work and products here (at NCL) are about water quality, so whether it's exporting a product, whether it's workforce and training, whether it's research, all of those can be aligned around our strong industry clusters so that all companies in those areas are growing," said Burke.

A strong workforce and education system, thriving entrepreneurship, increasing business' exports, and having stable and attractive communities for businesses are the other four strategies she plans to use to strengthen wisconsin's economy and create jobs if elected.


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