Governor Scott Walker Focused on Jobs Despite Recall Efforts

He told reporters at Ruud Lighting in Sturtevant that he will fight recall efforts by highlighting reform success and growing state economy.

Governor Scott Walker said he will use an ad campaign and more job announcements to fight the recall efforts that launched against him on Tues., Nov. 15.

He was at Ruud Lighting in for a groundbreaking ceremony. Ruud is building a 208,000 square foot addition to accommodate its growing share of the LED market, and with the addition comes 469 new jobs. Walker said partnerships between the state, Racine County and the Village of Sturtevant helped make it happen and he will use these kinds of examples to prove that his reforms are working.

"We need to get the word out that we're growing the state's economy," he said. "My focus is on moving the state forward."

Still, he can't ignore the recall and said he will use more ads like the one that is part of a campaign that started on Mon., Nov. 14 that features a citizen talking about how the budget repair bill as helped her community and school district.

"People elected me to make tough decisions and to do things to bring the state together and move us forward," Walked added. "What we're doing is helping companies like Ruud grow and create jobs. We've been focused on jobs since January 3rd and that continues to be our focus."

Three Republican state senators are also targets of recall, including Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). Walker said he is supporting Wanggaard and the other senators by working to give people facts about how reforms are working.

"I can support them with the message that reforms are working," Walker said. "The more people know the facts, the more they support our efforts."

Dustin Block November 15, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Good counter to the recall hoopla ... point to new jobs. Anyone hear the This American Life on Walker's efforts to create jobs? One biz owner supported Walker, but said his policies had nothing to do with him adding jobs. The tax breaks just weren't big enough.
Chris Larsen November 15, 2011 at 08:48 PM
And the issue with new jobs is......... what exactly? From your past history, most here know where you stand Dustin, but I would think even you could see the value of a multi-governmental cooperation which will add 469 jobs in the Village I represent.
GKing November 15, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Well Chris, hope them jobs pay enough to buy medical insurance-Walker making sure that's inclusive also? Yeah right.
Chris Larsen November 15, 2011 at 09:05 PM
GK, would you have been in favor of not adding new jobs at Ruud and having the expansion happen in North Carolina? I was just pointing out that in a down economy, for a small Village to have consistently expanded business and added jobs this year by partnering with the state, the county and RCDEC is a great thing, no matter what Mr. Block says about it.
bernard f silva November 15, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Well, I believe that one should look at the ultimate reasons and "backing" that Walker has received. The Koch brothers. Obviously not people who have the interest of the general working class public in mind. We have reached a point in this country where the progressives have finally had enough of the top right wing conservatives that would just as soon as return us to the "guilded age", At present 1% hold 45% of the wealth in this country. How long would any person with an education of economics and reality see that a consuming economy will not survive with such numbers. The numbers speak for themselves. There is no arguing about the numbers that exist from the past thirty years of ultra-rich conservatives wanting it all. Problem is when we fall, we all fall. B. Silva One mans opinion
Pam Murtaugh November 15, 2011 at 09:31 PM
I'm glad for your 469 new jobs. But let's see. Walker promised....how many new jobs for the state? 469 is what percent of that promise? We should also take note: Now that it's recall time Walker is staying home to make announcements rather than making the rounds of the national media. If the state is "open for business" why isn't that jobs number higher than 469?
CowDung November 15, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Are you really ignorant enough to think that there have only been 469 new jobs created in Wisconsin?
Lyle Ruble November 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM
@CowDung...He's a long way from reaching 62,250 jobs by January.
CowDung November 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM
He might be, but that's no reason to act as if the 469 new jobs being announced are the only jobs created thus far...
Tammy Finley November 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM
I have an issue with the fact that Ruud let go 10% of there workforce over 2 years ago, yet some of these employees (some had been with the company since the beginning) are still struggling to find work! Now with the tax breaks given to businesses from outside the state(Cree) is able to expand and employ new employees at a lower wage and get away with it! Snotty said it when he first took office "Wisconsin is open for business" I think it is more like we are selling out to corporate greed!
CowDung November 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM
The way that often works is that 2 years ago, there was need to trim budget because of a lack of sales revenues. 10% of the workforce was laid off to meet the new budget. A couple of years later, the business has an opportunity to move into a new market. They get tax breaks and funding to help expand and hire 469 new workers (not sure what percentage of an increase that represents) to do that work...
bernard f silva November 16, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Are all you people ready to accept the rhetoric that comes from the extreme right conservative wing. I am a Viet Nam veteran that has watched all the "bull---t" come from government. I have been an independant all my life (61 years) and know that politics rule. Republicans and Democratic congressmen ("and women") have used the system for their own gain. (Recent news articles that congress has used insider info. to gain in the stock market. Another article, (congress's wealth has increased substantially in the last decade. (Republican and Democrat alike). What I would like to see is voters not vote any incumbent into office or any that has accepted money from lobbyists. In fact lobbying congressonal members should be illeagle. That way all political contributions should be recorded and made public. The ultra conservatives and coporations would fight such rules toothe and nail. Why? Because they would lose their control and have to deal with "majority rule".
shelbyanne November 16, 2011 at 05:47 PM
walker did it
Dean in O.C. November 17, 2011 at 06:50 PM
@ Pam, there is a ripple effect to each of these small success stories that everyone misses. I, for one, work for a company that will benefit from this expansion as we are a supplier to both Ruud and Cree. My company estimates it will need to add somewhere around 25 new jobs because Ruud will be staying in Racine, WI and that makes it more likely it will use us as a supplier. I know 25 is a long way from that promise but remember that is 25 closer to the target. These things are like trowing a pebble in a pond, the ripple effect grows.
Morninmist Same December 05, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Lovely sweet tweet. wi_defender James The Packers have created more wins than Scott Walker has created jobs. #RecallWalker


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