Statements from the Wisconsin: 2014 Governor's race
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."
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 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."
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."
"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%
"(Mary) Burke was a senior member of the Doyle administration that left Wisconsin with 130,000 fewer jobs."
"Federal government reneging" on Medicaid payments to Wisconsin caused about $240 million in extra costs in the 2013-’15 state budget.
As state Commerce secretary, Mary Burke drafted, sponsored and promoted "budgets that raised taxes by billions, created high structural deficits and raided funds to finance huge spending hikes."
"The only time over the last 25 years when the state’s unemployment rate exceeded the U.S. average was when (Mary) Burke was commerce secretary."
Wisconsin is "not a high tax and fee state." When you look at "all the money state and local governments bring in" from residents, "we're more in the middle."
"We’re trailing every other state in the Midwest in terms of job creation since January of 2011."
"With the tax controls we already put in place, property taxes on a typical home in December of 2014 will actually be lower than they were in December of 2010."
Scott Walker's income "tax plan is a tax hike. It increases taxes for nearly 80% of the people in the state."
"If you make the average amount of people in Wisconsin, $50,000, you got $1.60 less a week in taxes" under the state income-tax cut, but "it didn’t show up in your paycheck."
"Jobs that involve the minimum wage are overwhelmingly jobs for young people starting out in the workforce."
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