ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

For eight years, Scott Walker has focused on corporate subsidies to international companies and tax breaks for his political donors.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has been a constant source of controversy, inefficiency and ineffectiveness. Moreover, Walker’s $4.5+ billion Foxconn giveaway costs taxpayers $200+ million annually, pulling resources from the rest of the state to subsidize a broken political deal.

Meanwhile, more than 800,000 Wisconsin families cannot afford basic necessities, western Wisconsin led the nation in farm bankruptcies in 2017 and Wisconsin ranks dead last for new business startups, which are crucial for job creation and innovation.

As a career politician, Walker failed to meet his 2010 promise of growing 250,000 private sector jobs, instead using taxpayer funds to pick winners and losers among mega-corporations. Throughout his time in office, Walker has turned down billions in federal money for Medicaid, broadband, and rail expansion, hamstringing the economy and giving funds away to other states.

Tony will fight for working families and invest in an economy that creates higher wages and better jobs.

As Governor, Tony will:

  • Disband WEDC, replace it and return the majority of economic development dollars to local communities and regional organizations.  We shouldn’t make businesses come to Madison to beg for help – we should work within our communities and local chambers of commerce to rebuild our main streets and grow our existing businesses.
  • Ensure access to high speed broadband in every Wisconsin home and business
  • Invest in our roads, bridges, ports and airports, which not only brings new businesses and industries to Wisconsin, but leads to more good paying Wisconsin jobs
  • Increase our investment in education, includes starting kids off right with strong early childhood programs, fully funding well-rounded k-12 public schools and returning to the Wisconsin Idea that values higher education, research and a commitment to making our community a better place.
Share