Join the State “Joint Finance Committee” public budget hearings…
1. Janesville, Friday April 5th
2. Milwaukee, Thursday April 11th
3. River Falls, Monday April 15th
4. Green Bay, Wednesday April 24th
Address and exact time TBA.
How do use the invite link: Invite others on Facebook (in a very particular way!)
If you have a Facebook profile, a very helpful tactic is to share it with others in a way known as “Send as Message“. To do that, click here for a Citizen Action Facebook post about the form for people to sign up for the JFC hearings, then at the bottom of the page click SHARE. A pop-up window will come up with an option saying “Send as Message”. Click that.
Up pops a window with the link, and a section that says “Say Something About This“. Type a short blurb such as:
“Can you join us at the upcoming state budget hearings? They’ve been announced in April, and we’re going to go to urge the Legislators to say YES to expanding BadgerCare. Can you let us know here if you can come?”
Then scroll down to where you see “Connections” or “Contacts”, and click SEND next to anyone you think might be interested in hearing about this opportunity to tell these politicians what you think!
Rural Wisconsin is in big trouble. Wisconsin farmers are beset with ongoing low prices and loss of vital foreign markets (Trump’s trade wars). The state has lost over 700 family dairy farms in an economy that isn’t working. And, the resultant economic fallout is threatening small towns. Community banks, family businesses and local health care providers will be hit hard, including rural hospitals.
14,000 jobs deficit for existing corporate tax credits and loans greater than the direct jobs claimed for the Foxconn deal
60% of WEDC supported corporations have failed to meet job creation goals.
STATEWIDE: On a media call today Citizen Action of Wisconsin, State Rep. Amanda Stuck, and State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff released a new analysis of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) data showing that the troubled economic development agency has an extremely poor record of holding corporate recipients accountable for their jobs promises. The analysis, which comes from the agency’s own self-published data, provides additional evidence that WEDC is completely unqualified to manage the gigantic Foxconn deal, which would be by far the largest job creation tax credit program ever issued by an American state. Audio of the call can be found here. Read More
Breaking Down the WEDC CEO’s Response to Citizen Action
By Robert Kraig, Executive Director
Last week Citizen Action of Wisconsin broke yet another scandal about fraudulent job creation claims by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the deeply troubled jobs agency created by Gov. Scott Walker early in his first term.
Communities in economic distress need job creation strategies at the scale of the problem
Milwaukee: At a news event in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Neighborhood today elected officials and community leaders spoke out about revelations that the jobs agency created by Governor Walker, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), misrepresented its impact on jobs in the area.
Economically distressed neighborhoods like Sherman Park abandoned by Wisconsin’s bankrupt economic strategy
Milwaukee: A review of reporting by Governor Walker’s jobs agency by Citizen Action of Wisconsin could verify no job creation in or near Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood, the site of civil unrest over the weekend.
As Citizen Action of Wisconsin documented in its statement Tuesday on the Sherman Park civil unrest, the neighborhood has borne the brunt of the outsourcing and deindustrialization that has taken place since the 1970s.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in a Citizen Action review of their database, does claim to have created 483 jobs in the area, but a closer looks reveals these companies do not actually exist in the neighborhood.