Walker needs to respond to state lagging in job creation

Walker needs to respond to state lagging in job creation

We feel like we have bent over backwards, year after year, to avoid laying all the blame for Wisconsin’s dismal job creation numbers on Gov. Scott Walker.

We’ve taken into consideration limits on what any governor can do to boost job creation, looked at national and global economic trends, and state demographic numbers.

But the fact is Walker promised 250,000 new jobs by the end of his first term and not only did he fail miserably, but the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics mean Wisconsin has lagged national numbers for more than five years.

So regardless of your politics it is fair to ask Walker once again to explain why Wisconsin isn’t doing better, why we’re behind Michigan, Illinois and Ohio, why his administration isn’t having more success with economic development and why he seems invisible in promoting Wisconsin as a 21st century destination for investment, job creation and business startups and retention.