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Letter: Walker has failed to create jobs, reduce debt

6:09 PM, May 10, 2013  |  Comments
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It's time for Gov. Scott Walker to admit that his policies have failed us in Wisconsin.

When running for office he promised to create jobs, 250,000 of them, and to cut the deficit. He has achieved neither of these goals.

The governor promised that job creation was his number one priority. Unfortunately, Wisconsin is losing the job creation race to neighboring states, and in fact, to almost every state in the nation.

When Walker began his term Wisconsin was number 11 in job creation. Now we have slipped to 44th and according to Forbes Magazine will soon be 48th. Each and every one of the 72 counties in Wisconsin now has more unemployment than when Walker took over the reins of government.

The governor also promised to cut our debt. Looking at the years 1993 through the projected budget in 2015, the percentage of tax income needed to pay our debt has been between 3 percent and 3.5 percent and never greater than 4 percent. Now, according to the Legislative Audit Bureau in the debt payment will be 4 percent in 2013 and by 2015 will be greater than 5 percent of revenue.

The reason for this is all the borrowing the governor has done and proposes in his next budget. The amount we owed was $10 billion when the governor began and, if his proposed budgets passes, it will be $14 billion by the end of 2014. That's really a whopping debt increase for a fiscal conservative.

As soon as we're able to, we should vote this governor out of office. His misguided policies have not created jobs nor have they reduced our total indebtedness.

Leigh Allgaier

Stevens Point

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