In looking back over the first three months of the year this is the issue that got the least attention.

It’s easy to explain. Elected officials in Wisconsin decided to focus their attention on making it harder to vote, interfering with local governments, and avoiding cleaning up the redistricting process rather than devote any energy to employment, poverty or economic growth.

So, the jockeying back and forth over trumped up numbers and disputable claims were put off…for now.

Those claims are coming. Election season is just getting started and as it heats up we’ll see how big an issue the Wisconsin economy is. When the year started we certainly didn’t think we’d be yearning for some good old fashioned spin doctoring on economic issues. But that’s how bad it’s gotten.