By Sheboygan Dems on May 8, 2013 in Upcoming Events | Comments Off
The May Executive Board meeting will be held at S&R Bar and Restaurant (W3820 County Road C, Plymouth, WI at 5:30pm).
By Sheboygan Dems on May 7, 2013 in Scott Walker | Comments Off
Just a week after a scathing audit showed that Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation failed to follow state laws and properly track taxpayer-funded loans, the state’s chief jobs agency is being rocked with yet another scandal as a top official is resigning amid controversy over personal debts of nearly $45,000 owed to the State of Wisconsin.
State records obtained by WKOW News 27 show that John Gillespie, hired in April to serve as WEDC’s Public Information Officer as part of a plan to improve the scandal-plagued agency’s damaged reputation, owes $36,047 in back taxes to the State of Wisconsin, according to the Department of Revenue’s delinquent taxpayer list, and another $7,770 for improperly received unemployment insurance compensation benefits, according to the Department of Workforce Development.
“I don’t often find myself at a loss for words, but the only phrase coming to mind right now is, “are you kidding me?” Unfortunately, this is what happens when your governor is off campaigning for president, leaving an unqualified political hack with no business experience in charge of a multi-billion dollar effort to save Wisconsin’s floundering economy,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. “This kind of rank incompetence is why Wisconsin ranks dead last in the nation in short-term job growth, has plummeted from 11th to 44th in job creation and ranks 45th in wages under Scott Walker. It’s beyond comprehension that Scott Walker continues to deflect the blame for what really amounts to almost criminal negligence. The time for excuses is over — the failures at WEDC are Scott Walker’s failures and he must take responsibility for them.”
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By Sheboygan Dems on May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 Comments
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Scott Walker’s chief job creation agency, failed to follow state law and properly track taxpayer funded loans, according to an audit from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau.
Other problems found by auditors included awarding funds to ineligible businesses and ineligible projects, lack of oversight, and improper expenditures by WEDC employees on items ranging from Badgers football tickets to iTunes gift cards and alcoholic beverages.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles, co-chairman on the Legislative Audit Committee, said of the audit:
“I hope they can get their act together, but this is pretty darn bad. I’d say the jury is out whether this was a good idea to create this whole entity . . . I don’t think there can be any more excuses. They’ve got to fix this thing.”
Scott Walker created WEDC in 2011 to serve as the state’s chief job creation agency. The most recent and accurate federal jobs numbers available show Wisconsin ranked 44th in the nation in job creation, down from 11th when Walker took office.
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By Sheboygan Dems on Apr 1, 2013 in Scott Walker | Comments Off
Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to new federal jobs numbers which show that, as Scott Walker abandons his job for a presidential run, Wisconsin’s economy continues its free fall, with Wisconsin ranking 44th in private sector job growth from Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012.
“Wisconsin is now suffering the consequences of a governor who cares more about his next job than about jobs right here in his own state. The day Scott Walker took office, we were 11th in job creation. Now, we are 44th, and it is a direct result of both his inattention and his policies. Those have included massive cuts to job-creating investments in education, health care, technology, infrastructure and vocational training.
In the face of the kind of awful news we’ve seen today, Walker has sought to discredit nonpartisan government economists, move the goalposts and even dream up his own new metrics — but as our economy lags nationally and as last in the Midwest, the people of Wisconsin are seeing through Walker’s self-serving gimmicks.
As he decamps to Iowa for a summer of cavorting with Republican activists, Scott Walker believes he deserves a promotion for breaking his promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs in his first term. With failure numbers such as we have seen today, it would be impossible for Walker to justify another term as governor, much less his fantasy of being the Republican presidential nominee.”
By Sheboygan Dems on Feb 26, 2013 in GOP | Comments Off
Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to the ruling Monday by a federal panel ordering Wisconsin Republicans to turn over three computers that are part of legal challenges to their illegal redistricting process.
“The 2012 elections saw 200,000 more Democratic votes for Assembly and large majorities for statewide elections and yet Republicans maintained a stranglehold on the Legislature. This was the fruit of the poisoned tree, where Republicans engaged in an unprecedented redistricting process that was created in darkness and done not for the good of the people of Wisconsin, but for the good of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
“Taxpayers are footing the bill for Republicans to continue to commit “fraud, misrepresentation or misconduct,” as this dirty little story is coming to the light of the courts. There is a reason Scott Walker and his Party are failing at job creation and that is because they are most interested in concentrating power for their special interests instead of representing the democratic will of Wisconsin. Monday’s ruling represents yet another ethical low in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, yet holds the promise that Republican misconduct might be corrected.”
By Sheboygan Dems on Feb 12, 2013 in President Obama, Upcoming Events | Comments Off
Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. CST to watch the President’s State of the Union Address.
Watch an exclusive enhanced live stream of President Obama’s State of the Union Address: http://wh.gov/sotu.