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News Economy Friday, Sep 12 2014

New Web Ad: Scott Walker's Ditch

Sep 12, 2014

American Bridge is releasing a new web ad today highlighting Scott Walker’s failed economic record.

The governor was once considered a frontrunner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, and his reelect was supposed to be a walk through the park en route to bigger and better things. Nobody is looking past November now, with Walker locked in the political fight of his life, and desperately trying to create the narrative that he’s led a triumphant comeback in the Badger State.

But that story is undermined by reality. The truth is that Walker rammed through an extreme overhaul of the budget that slashed education funding, attacked public employees, and gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy, all under the promise of job creation and balancing budgets. Well Wisconsin is last in the midwest in job growth and facing a $2 billion budget shortfall.

Scott Walker claims he’s pulling Wisconsin out of a ditch. But he’s the one digging it.

Watch our new web ad above.



  • Wisconsin State Budget Was Projected To Have $1.8 Billion Shortfall For Next Budget, And A $396 Million Gap In Current Budget. “The expected shortfall for the next two-year state budget starting in July has risen to nearly $1.8 billion, or about half of what it was when Gov. Scott Walker took office in January 2011. Meanwhile, the state’s projected gap in its current budget ending June has risen to $396 million — or about 1.2% of the spending planned for the 2013-’15 budget.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/8/14]
  • Estimated Budget Deficit Jumped By More Than $1.1 Bllion Over Previous Projections. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “The projected weakness in the state budget matters because it eventually could lead to cuts in spending on priorities such as schools or increases in state taxes or fees. The latest estimates by the Legislature’s nonpartisan budget office jumped by more than $1.1 billion over the previous estimate of a $642 million gap released in May. The projections from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau were released Monday for the budget beginning in July 2015 and ending in June 2017.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/8/14]

Published: Sep 12, 2014

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