The report below is shockingly similar to what Wisconsinites have been dealing with since Scott Walker became governor. The mismanaged Walker travesty known as the “Wisconsin” Economic Development Corporation, is an outright copy of “Indiana's” Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). It even came with offshored jobs. See if any of the following sounds familiar, then compare below. INDY Star:
Since Pence became governor in 2013, the state has awarded millions of dollars in economic development incentives to companies that have moved production to foreign countries such as Mexico and China. Those production shifts have cost thousands of Hoosiers their jobs during Pence’s time in office.
An IndyStar analysis found that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation — which Pence leads — has approved $24 million in incentives to 10 companies that sent work to foreign countries. Of those incentives, nearly $8.7 million has been paid out so far.
During that same period, those companies terminated or announced layoffs of more than 3,800 Hoosier workers while shifting production to other countries, where labor tends to be far less expensive.
Compare: Scott Walker's WEDC, before he was fired as chairman…
Citizen Action of Wisconsin: Data kept by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that at least 11,331 Wisconsin workers have had their jobs outsourced to other countries the last five years since Governor Walker’s scandal ridden jobs agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), was launched July 1, 2011. This is a very low end estimate … It does not account for outsourcing to other states, or downsizing where it is not possible to prove the jobs landed in a foreign country or were impacted by global trade deals.
Wisconsin Manufacturing Wages Declining: Citizen Action of Wisconsin looked at the latest federal data, and found a startling decline in manufacturing wages in every Wisconsin metro area.
Real wages (adjusted for inflation) declined $1,430 between 2010 and 2015 – Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin: This data also directly challenges Governor Walker’s constant assertion that a co-called “skills gap” is the cause of Wisconsin’s economic woes. If manufacturers were really having problems finding skilled manufacturing workers, they would be raising wages, not lowering them. The state also lead the way in the largest drop in the middle class of all states.
A former liberal radio talk host who likes to ask the “follow-up question” at Democurmudgeon.blogspot.com