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He claimed Walker is doing a number of things badly, including:
"Failing at job creation and dropping Wisconsin to 45th in the nation in job growth prospects while campaigning for president out of state."
The Nov. 17, 2013, solicitation cites a low ranking and pins the blame squarely on Walker.
Is Tate right?
We asked Democratic Party spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff to flesh out the claim.
She said Walker has been campaigning out of state for president since at least March 2013, when Walker told Politico at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he gave a speech, that he would be visiting Iowa in May 2013. Walker at the time (and since) acknowledged he was open to a presidential bid and he declined to pledge to serve a full four-year term if re-elected governor in 2014.
Although Walker hasn’t declared himself a candidate for president, nor formed an exploratory committee, he has made many political trips across the country during 2013 and is increasingly mentioned as a potential GOP nominee, particularly since the release of his book.
As for Wisconsin dropping to 45th in job growth prospects, Baldauff cited Forbes’ annual "best states for business" feature, published in September 2013. Wisconsin's projected annual job growth was put at 1.3% over the next five years.
"The Badger State adopted the slogan of 'Open for Business' in 2011, erecting signs along the state border," Forbes said. "Results have been slow, but Wisconsin’s projected job growth has improved slightly, moving from No. 49 to No. 45 among the states."
So, one study ranks Wisconsin 45th for future job prospects, as Tate stated.
But contrary to what he claimed, the state’s ranking actually rose, albeit not by much.
But that report didn’t rank the states on future job growth and we didn’t find any others that did. Several experts we checked with -- at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Wisconsin Budget Project and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy -- weren’t aware of any, either.
As for the rest of Tate’s claim, he directly blames Walker, even suggesting his political travels were a contributing factor.
But it goes without saying that the state’s projected job growth depends on more than the actions of one person.
As we’ve noted in previous fact-checks, a chief executive such as a governor has influence over jobs, but so do a host of other factors, such as national trends, that are beyond a governor’s control.
Tate said Walker has dropped Wisconsin "to 45th in the nation in job growth prospects while campaigning for president out of state."
Forbes rates Wisconsin 45th, although that’s a slight improvement, not a drop. And Walker bears some, but not all of the blame, for the ranking.
For a statement that contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, we give Tate a Mostly False.
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Wisconsin Democratic Party, Mike Tate fund-raising email, Nov. 17, 2013
Email interview, Wisconsin Democratic Party communications director Melissa Baldauff, Nov. 19, 2013
Forbes, "Best States for Business," September 2013
Politico, "Scott Walker opens up about White House ambitions," March 16, 2013
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "Enterprising States: Getting Down to Small Business," April 2013
Business Journal, "How state governors rank on their job growth record," June 27, 2013
PolitiFact Wisconsin, "Mary Burke says Wisconsin had 84,000 more jobs when she was commerce secretary," Oct. 8, 2013
Email interview, Center on Wisconsin Strategy spokeswoman Michelle Bright, Nov. 22, 2013
Email interview, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics press officer Gary Steinberg, Nov. 22, 2013
Email interview, Wisconsin Budget Project analyst Tamarine Cornelius, Nov. 25, 2013
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