Some grants before her time
Republican Governors Association
Under Mary Burke’s leadership, Commerce Department business-incentive programs had "major shortcomings" and "40 percent of jobs...didn’t materialize."
Rocky start leads to unspent funds
"Our state economic development agency under Walker, WEDC, actually isn’t even using the funds that are appropriated to it."
Best-available stat backs him
"Most folks’ wages haven’t gone up in over a decade."
Statistic correct; blame indirect
Republican Party of Wisconsin
"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."
Projection based on solid evidence
"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."
2-year schools enjoyed a 4-year freeze
"After years of 5.5 percent average tuition increases, we now have a two-year tuition freeze for the first time in the history of the UW System."
If you don’t act, the state holds onto it until tax time
"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."
Available figures generally back him
Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."
In the broadest sense, yes
"The nine-day deer hunt contributes more than $1.3 billion in revenue to the state of Wisconsin."
Blame is shared, trend is clear
"The national debt is on track to double during Obama’s presidency."
Not a federal initiative, but some federal incentives
Common Core "is not from the federal government," they "do not have their fingerprints on this thing at all."
One notch better
"We’re 49th in the United States in new businesses created."
Tribe is thinking big
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
"The Kenosha casino would be one of the state’s largest employers and pay more to the state than any other company or Tribe – essentially, it would be Wisconsin’s biggest taxpayer."
State, other county officials, had a hand
"I’ve got the spending down, I’ve got the debt down a little bit, I’ve got the reserves up."
Average, though not necessarily typical
On average, college students "are taking six years to get a four-year degree."
A talking point to milk
"We’re importing about 10 percent of our milk supply. We’re America’s Dairyland, but yet we don’t have enough milk in this state to meet the demand for our cheesemakers."
The sound bite is a sound bite
"A bag of Cheetos costs less to buy than an apple," and in some Milwaukee neighborhoods "good luck trying to find an apple or a banana or some sort of healthy option"
Not the leader, but up there
Wisconsin has "one of the most progressive tax codes in the country."
If you're a woman who weighs about a hundred, yes
Tavern League of Wisconsin
A 0.05 standard for drunken driving means having a glass of wine at dinner could make a person drunk.
Not as clear-cut as described
A Wisconsin bill to limit use of food stamps for junk food would also "prevent -- or limit -- the extent to which" food stamps could be used for organic foods.
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