Recall Roundup: Governor Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett spar over jobs
The recall effort was born in the uproar after Republicans stripped public union employees of their collective bargaining powers, but the hottest topic heading into the June 5 vote is the state of the state’s economy.
Or more specifically, jobs.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker promised in his successful 2010 campaign to bring 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin during his first term. He reiterated the pledge at the party’s state convention this week, but he’s nowhere close to that mark.
Democratic challenger Tom Barrett is hitting that point day after day in the compressed campaign. One of the biggest sticks Democrats have used against Walker is a federal Bureau of of Labor Statistics report released this spring that showed Wisconsin lost 12,500 jobs in 2011, putting the state last in the nation for job creation.