While Governor Jim Doyle and Board Chairman Lee Holloway continue to beg for their share of the enormous economic stimulus” package, major companies in Wisconsin are cutting jobs, small businesses are struggling to survive, and hard-working residents are simply trying to make ends meet. This is not leadership, and this is simply unacceptable.
The federal bill, which will cost taxpayers over $1 trillion (with interest costs), does very little to create jobs. In fact, only a small fraction of the package is devoted to infrastructure projects. Instead, the plan would provide new grass for the National Mall and hybrid cars for federal employees, among other things. Tough times require real solutions, and this bill would do nothing to grow our economy and nothing to get the Badger State moving again.
Doyle was in Washington, DC again last week to lobby for his share of money to compensate for his failed budget. Under his leadership, Wisconsin has built a $5.75 billion deficit – the fourth highest in the nation. Now, he is looking to Uncle Sam to bail him out. Holloway is right behind him with a list of unneeded pork projects for Milwaukee County. Both leaders are out of touch with reality and should instead work to cut taxes and provide incentives for business to succeed and grow. Big government spending is the problem, not the solution.
The Walker Agenda: Growth through Shovel-Ready Projects, Tax Cuts
County Executive Scott Walker continues to push for true economic growth by supporting plans that would create jobs and put money back in the hands of taxpayers.
The projects pushed by Congress would take years to begin, but Scott has long advocated shovel-ready projects that would provide an immediate boost to the economy. Scott is advocating for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to build its School of Engineering on County property. He is also fighting to move the County Mental Health Complex to the old St. Michael Hospital. It could be done immediately and at significant savings to taxpayers.
Scott also realizes that the best way to grow the economy is to put money back in the hands of the people – not the government. As County Executive, he has authored seven consecutive budgets that did not increase the property
tax levy from the previous year. He will continue to fight against tax increases so that businesses and the hard-working residents of this state can afford to remain and succeed here.
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