Barrett: We can't fix the state with Walker
Wisconsin has been torn apart by Scott Walker's ideological civil war and his divide-and-conquer assault on our values. We need a different approach to move our state forward.
That's the way we have always gotten things done in Wisconsin under governors from both political parties . . . up until this past year. And it's how I have served as mayor of our great city.
Walker's reforms are not working, and his my-way-or-the-highway approach to governing is the wrong way to get things done in our state. It may have made Walker a rock star to the national right-wing billionaires, but it moves us backward on key issues such as jobs, education and women's health. His polarizing agenda has bitterly divided co-workers, family members and friends across the state.
Quite simply, we cannot fix Wisconsin and move forward together as long as Scott Walker remains governor. His divisive, secretive approach just doesn't work or move us forward.
Here's the proof: Wisconsin has seen anemic, pedestrian economic growth under this governor. We lag behind the regional pace of job creation and recovery. While Walker campaigned on creating jobs, he instead spent the past year-and-a-half on an entirely different agenda that raises his national political profile.