To WI Governor Scott Walker apparently ‘Open For Business’ only means his wallet because he sure isn’t doing much to attract employers to the state. In fact the state has lost over 2,000 jobs since his inauguration. Unless you count rewarding an Illinois businessmen who donated stealthily to your campaign by paying him $1.25 million in moving expenses to move his business just over the state border so he too can have their taxes paid by WI citizens, while employing out of state workers who can now enjoy the added expenses of gasoline, commute time and wear and tear on their vehicles. Oh and still paying income taxes in the state they live in, just over the border in Illinois.
According to Wisconsin law, businesses employing 50 or more persons in the State of Wisconsin must provide written notice 60 days before implementing a “business (plant) closing” or “mass layoff” in the state.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, 19 companies have given notice of plant closings or mass layoffs to 2,207 workers since Walker was sworn-in on January 3, 2011.
Meanwhile, Walker has taken a victory lap for “creating jobs” by paying an Illinois company $1.25 million to move their address a few miles north to Wisconsin. As discussed earlier, this doesn’t create jobs or tax revenue: All the Illinois employees will just have a slightly longer commute to work and because of Illinois-Wisconsin tax reciprocity agreements, will continue to pay taxes to Illinois.
These numbers of course don’t include the loss of potential jobs from a now canceled wind-farm development, Walker’s turning down of the high speed rail project and accompanying funds nor the departure of Talgo a maker of train cars that had already set up shop here in anticipation the now non-existent rail project.