The Latest from PolitiFact Wisconsin Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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"Typical minimum wage earners in America are teenagers living with their parents in middle class families."

"The big Wall Street banks, the big corporations" give "many times more" political donations to Democrats than Republicans.  

"The Capitol rotunda was actually made to invite the people in and to accommodate protests."

Says Gov. Scott Walker’s repeal of a 2009 law has left Wisconsin as "one of five states without an equal pay law protecting women from gender discrimination in their paycheck."

When Republicans last controlled the presidency and Congress, "the number of people on food stamps (and) the number of people in low-income housing went through the roof."  

"Drone technology now allows an individual to be recorded in their homes by drones as small as birds and immediately uploaded to the internet."

A poll taken "a few months ago" found "70 percent approval or higher" for the Act 10 collective bargaining law.

Under Mary Burke’s leadership, Commerce Department business-incentive programs had "major shortcomings" and "40 percent of jobs...didn’t materialize."

Wisconsin is "one of the bluest" states, but under Scott Walker its unemployment rate "is around 3.5%."

Promise: Create 250,000 new jobs

Update: Another month with little movement

"Wisconsin wages are declining at double the rate of other states."

"Wisconsin now ranks among the top 10 states for out-migration."  

"Our state economic development agency under Walker, WEDC, actually isn’t even using the funds that are appropriated to it."

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate approved a bill "denying veterans the right to recover their medical costs for cancers they developed while serving their country."

Promise: Create 250,000 new jobs

Update: Readjustments chip away at 2013 gains

Says Mary Burke's "2007-'09 state budget had a tax hike of $1.8 billion -- costing every man, woman and child in the state an extra $310."  

Using a surcharge on the cigarette tax to help pay for a new downtown sports arena "is not feasible under state law."

"Once our Blueprint for Prosperity is signed into law, we will have delivered $2 billion" in tax relief.

With his proposal to cut income and property taxes, Scott Walker is "increasing the state deficit at a time when borrowing is already at record levels."  

Under Scott Walker, Wisconsin "unemployment's up" from 4.8% to 6.2%  

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