According to a recent report, Wisconsin trailed all midwest states over the past five years and ranks 36th in the country for job creation. It should be noted however, that Wisconsin ranked 11th among states for private-sector job growth in 2010, Gov. Jim Doyle's last year in office.
So, how did Walker respond to Wisconsin's consistently poor competitive jobs rankings under his leadership?
.@GovWalker defends job-creation efforts as new #s show Wisconsin ranked 36th last year, says he never made promises about rankings— Scott Bauer (@sbauerAP) June 8, 2016
So there! Lord have mercy ...
But some rankings do matter to Scott Walker. Consider that Wisconsin was ranked 41st among states in 2010 for "business" by CEO's, but is now ranked 11th. And of course, he was very quick to point out that his "reforms" made that happen.
Wisconsin DWD Excerpt:
Madison – Wisconsin continues to climb the rankings of Chief Executive magazine’s annual “Best State for Business” survey of CEOs. This year, CEOs ranked Wisconsin 11th Best State for Business in America. Wisconsin has improved 30 places in this ranking since 2010.
“This is great news for businesses and employees in our state,” Governor Walker said. “Wisconsin continues to improve in this ranking every year – from 41st in 2010 to 11th in 2016. This new ranking is yet another indication our reforms are working and continue to move Wisconsin forward.
Not an exact matching flip in rankings with jobs of course, but close enough to show a complete reversal of fortunes for those affected by his reforms ...and who takes the credit and who got shafted.
So when Walker once Freudian slipped, "it's really not about jobs" in response to his failure to fulfill his 250,000 jobs promise by the end of his first term, this is what he really meant.